American English

Definition of tip noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    end of something
  1. 1the thin pointed end of something the tips of your fingers the tip of your nose the northern tip of the island see also fingertip
  2. 2a small part that fits on or over the end of something a walking stick with a rubber tip see also felt-tip pen, filter tip
  3. advice
  4. 3a small piece of advice about something practical synonym hint tip (on/for doing something) handy tips for buying a computer tip (on/for something) useful tips on how to save money
  5. 4(informal) a secret or expert piece of advice about what the result of a competition, etc. is likely to be, especially about which horse is likely to win a race a hot tip for the big race
  6. 5(also tip-off) (informal) secret information that someone gives, for example to the police, to warn them about an illegal activity that is going to happen The man was arrested after an anonymous tip.
  7. extra money
  8. 6a small amount of extra money that you give to someone, for example someone who serves you in a restaurant to leave a tip He gave the waiter a generous tip.
  9. Idioms
    on the tip of your tongue
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    if a word or name is on the tip of your tongue, you are sure that you know it but you cannot remember it
    the tip of the iceberg
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    only a small part of a much larger problem This figure represents only the tip of the iceberg, since as many as 90% of cases go unreported.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tip