Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Definition: (from
-verb (used without object)
1. to drink intoxicating liquor, especially habitually or to some excess
-verb (used with object)
2. to drink (intoxicating liquor), especially repeatedly, in small quantities
3. intoxicating liquor

"He told me he went to tipple at the local bar and I found him asleep on a park bench the next morning."
"After tippling all weekend, Brad experienced the longest Monday of his life at the office."

Origin: (from
"1530s, 'sell alcoholic liquor by retail,' of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Norwegian dialectal tipla 'to drink slowly or in small quantities'). Meaning 'drink (alcoholic beverage) too much' is first attested 1550s."

Awkwardness rating: 7

If you tipple all weekend, Monday might look like this. (

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