Dictionary: TIN'NY – TIP'PLE

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TIN'NY, a.

Abounding with tin. Drayton.

TIN'PEN-NY, n. [tin and penny.]

A customary duty in England, formerly paid to tithingmen. Bailey.


White iron; or iron covered with tin.


Gaudy; showy to excess; specious; superficial.

TIN'SEL, n. [Fr. etincelle, a spark.]

  1. Something very shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable. Who can discern the tinsel from the gold? Dryden. If the man will too curiously examine the superficial tinsel good, he undeceives himself to his cost. Norris.
  2. A kind of shining cloth. Fairfax.
  3. A kind of lace.

TIN'SEL, v.t.

To adorn with something glittering and showy, without much value; to make gaudy. She, tinsel'd o'er in robes of varying hues. Pope.


Decorated with gaudy ornaments.


Adorning with tinsel or superficial luster.

TINT, n. [It. tinta; Fr. teint; from L. tinctus, tingo. See Tinge.]

A dye; a color, or rather a slight coloring or tincture distinct from the ground or principal color; as, red with a blue tint, or tint of blue. In painting, tints are the colors considered as more, or less bright, deep, or thin, by the due use and intermixture of which a picture receives its shades, softness, and variety. Or blend in beauteous tint the color'd mass. Pope. Their vigor sickens, and their tints decline. Harte.

TINT, v.t.

To tinge; to give a slight coloring to. Seward.

TIN'TA-MAR, n. [Fr. tintamarre; L. tinnitus and Mars. – Ash.]

A hideous or confused noise. [Not in use.]

TINT'ED, pp.



A forming of tints.

TINT'ING, ppr.

Giving a slight coloring to.

TIN-TIN-NAB'U-LA-RY, a. [L. tintinnabulum, a little bell.]

Having or making the sound of a bell.

TIN'-WORM, n. [tin and worm.]

An insect. Bailey.

TIN'Y, a. [from the root of thin, – which see.]

Very small; little; puny. [A word used by children, and in burlesque.] When that I was a little tiny boy. Shak.

TIP, n. [D. tip, a different orthography of top; G. zipfel; that is, a shoot or extension to a point. Qu. Eth. ጥቤ thybe, the nipple.]

  1. The end; the point or extremity of any thing small; as the tip of the finger; the tip of a spear; the tip of the tongue; the tip of the ear. Addison. Pope.
  2. One part of the play at nine-pins. Dryden.
  3. In botany, an anther. Withering.

TIP, v.i.

In the phrase, to tip off, that is, to fall headlong; hence, to die.

TIP, v.t.

  1. To form a point with something; to cover the tip, top, or end; as, to tip any thing with gold or silver. With truncheon tipp'd with iron head. Hudibras. Tipp'd with jet, / Fair ermines spotless as the snows they press. Thomson.
  2. [for tap.] To strike slightly, or with the end of any thing small; to tap. A third rogue tips me by the elbow. Swift.
  3. To lower one end, or to throw upon the end; as, to tip a cart for discharging a load. [New England.] To tip the wink, to direct a wink, or to wink to another for notice. Pope.

TIP'PED, or TIPT, pp.

Having the end covered.

TIP'PET, n. [Sax. tæppet. It seems to be formed from tæppe, tape.]

A narrow garment or covering for the neck, worn by females. It is now made of fur, though formerly of some kind of cloth. Bacon.

TIP'PING, ppr.

  1. Covering the end or tip.
  2. In music, a distinct articulation given to the flute, by striking the tongue against the roof of the mouth.


Drink; liquor taken in tippling. L'Estrange.

TIP'PLE, v.i. [Qu. D. zuipen; Fr. toper. This word and tope are probably of one family, and I suspect them to be from the root of dip. See Drink.]

To drink spirituous or strong liquors habitually; to indulge in the frequent and improper use of spirituous liquors. When a man begins to tipple, let his creditors secure their debts.