Definition of tip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɪp//
    Dining out, Equine sports
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    end of something
  1. 1  the 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. 2  a 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. 3  a 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 See related entries: Equine sports
  6. 5(North American English) (also tip-off especially in British English) (informal) secret information that somebody 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. 6  a small amount of extra money that you give to somebody, for example somebody who serves you in a restaurant to leave a tip He gave the waiter a generous tip. See related entries: Dining out
  9. for rubbish
  10. 7(British English) a place where you can take rubbish/garbage and leave it
  11. untidy place
  12. 8(British English, informal, disapproving) an untidy place synonym dump Their flat is a tip!
  13. see also hat tip
    Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 late Middle English: from Old Norse typpi (noun), typpa (verb), typptr ‘tipped’; related to the noun top. noun senses 3 to 5 late Middle English: perhaps of Scandinavian origin, influenced later by tip in the sense ‘touch with a tip or point’. Current senses of the noun date from the mid 19th cent. noun senses 6 to 7 early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘give, hand, pass’): probably from tip ‘thin pointed end of something’.Extra examples Follow these tips to improve your communication skills. He left the waitress a large tip. He said he’d been given a hot tip for that afternoon’s race. I picked up some useful tips from my ski instructor. Police received an anonymous tip from a caller. Take a safety tip from me—get that light fixed! The cat was black except for a patch of white on the very tip of its tail. We get fewer tips on weeknights. We took a bus to the northern tip of the island. some handy tips for gardeners the tips of your fingers/​toes Are we supposed to leave a tip? He gave the waiter a generous tip. He ran the tips of his fingers over the bruise. Her glasses were resting on the tip of her nose. Share your gardening tips with other readers. The article gives handy tips for buying a computer. The base is situated at the northern tip of the island. The walking stick was fitted with a rubber tip. There are lots of useful tips on how to save money.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
    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 American Dictionary entry: tip