One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small piece of bread or toast, used to dip into soup or sauce or as a garnish.
- ‘Serve with sippets of toast or plain rusks.’
- ‘Season with salt and as much verjuice as will only turn the taste of the pottage; serve up covering meat with whole herbs and adorning the dish with sippets.’
- ‘I believe, Dr Maturin, that if you would so far indulge me, I could relish a little, a very little, of your portable soup again, with just a sippet of toast.’
Mid 16th century: apparently a diminutive of sop.
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