Dictionary: TIP'PLE – TI-RO'NI-AN

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TIP'PLE, v.t.

To drink, as strong liquors, in luxury or excess. Himself for saving charges / A peel'd, slic'd onion eats, and tipples verjuice. Dryden.


  1. Drank in excess.
  2. adj. Intoxicated; inebriated. Dryden.


One who habitually indulges in the excessive use of spirituous liquors; a drunkard; a sot. It however often signifies a person who habitually drinks strong liquors, without absolute drunkenness.


The habitual practice of drinking strong or spiritous liquors; a drinking to excess.


Indulging in the habitual use of strong or spirituous liquors.

TIP'PLING-HOUSE, n. [tipple and house.]

A house in which liquors are sold in drams or small quantities, and where men are accustomed to spend their time and money in excessive drinking.

TIP'SI-LY, adv.

In a tipsy manner.

TIP'-STAFF, n. [tip and staff.]

  1. An officer who bears a staff tipped with metal; a constable.
  2. A staff tipped with metal. Bacon.

TIP'SY, a. [from tipple.]

Fuddled; overpowered with strong drink; intoxicated.

TIP'TOE, n. [tip and toe.]

The end of the toe. Upon his tiptoes stalketh stately by. Spenser. To be or to stand a tiptoe, to be awake or alive to any thing; to be roused; as, to be a tiptoe with expectation.


The highest or utmost degree.

TIP'U-LA-RY, a. [L. tipula.]

Pertaining to insects of the genus Tipula or crane fly. Humboldt.

TI-RADE, n. [It. tirata; Fr. tirade, a train or series, from tirer, to draw.]

  1. Formerly in French music, the filling of an interval by the intermediate diatonic notes. Cyc.
  2. In modern usage, a strain or flight; a series of violent declamation. Here he delivers a violent tirade against all persons who profess to know any thing about angels. Quart. Review.

TIRE, n. [Heb. ורט tur, a row or series. See Class Dr, No. 24, 34, 35, 38, and No. 15.]

  1. A tier; a row or rank. This is the same word as tier, differently written. [See Tier and Tour.]
  2. A head dress; something that encompasses the head. [See Tiara.] Ezek. xxiv. Is. iii. On her head she wore a tire of gold. Spenser.
  3. Furniture; apparatus; as, the tire of war. Philips.
  4. Attire. [See Attire.]
  5. A band or hoop of iron, used to bind the fellies of wheels, to secure them from wearing and breaking; as, cart-tire; wagon-tire. This tire however is generally formed of different pieces, and is not one entire hoop.

TIRE, v.i.

To become weary; to be fatigued; to have the strength fail; to have the patience exhausted. A feeble body soon tires with hard labor.

TIRE, v.t.1

To adorn; to attire; to dress; as the head. [Obs.] [See Attire.] 2 Kings ix.

TIRE, v.t.2 [Sax. teorian, ateorian, geteorian, to fail. In D. teeren signifies to tar, to pine, to waste or consume, to digest; Gr. τειρω; L. tero. In Ir. and Gaelic, tor, toras, tuirse, is weariness; tuirsighim, to weary, to tire.]

  1. To weary; to fatigue; to exhaust the strength by toil or labor; as, to tire a horse or an ox. A long day's work in summer will tire the laborer. Tir'd with toil, all hopes of safety past. Dryden.
  2. To weary; to fatigue; to exhaust the power of attending, or to exhaust patience with dullness or tediousness. A dull advocate may tire the court and jury, and injure his cause. To tire out, to weary or fatigue to excess; to harass. Tickel.

TIR'ED, pp.

Wearied; fatigued.


The state of being wearied; weariness. Hakewill.


  1. Wearisome; fatiguing; exhausting the strength; as, a tiresome day's work; a tiresome journey.
  2. Tedious; exhausting the patience; as, a tiresome discourse. The debates in congress are said to be sometimes very tiresome.


The act or quality of tiring or exhausting strength or patience; wearisomeness; tediousness; as, the tiresomeness of work or of a dull speaker.

TIRE-WOM-AN, n. [tire and woman.]

A woman whose occupation is to make head dresses. Locke.

TIR'ING, ppr.

Wearying; fatiguing; exhausting strength or patience.


The room or place where players dress for the stage. Shak.


Tironian notes, the short-hand of Roman antiquity. Brande.