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SIPPLE, v., n. Also siple-. [sɪpl]

I. v. tr. and intr. To sip continuously, go on drinking in small quantities, to tipple (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Hence sip(p)ler, a tippler. Sc. 1748  Smollett Rod. Random xlv.:
Improperly applied to the taking of coffee, inasmuch as people did not drink, but sip or sipple that liquor.
Edb. 1757  Petition of Poor Alexander Bonum Magnum Dedic.:
Unto the Right Aethereal the siplers.
Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary ix.:
Sippling and tippling wi' the bailies and deacons when they met.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 27:
We had nae jabblin thing like scaud ava to sipple wi'.
Sc. 1832  Whistle-binkie 14:
I had not learn'd to sipple tea.
Clc. 1882  J. Walker Poems 21:
But we'll sipple at the barley-bree.
Mry. 1883  F. Sutherland Sunny Memories 28:
I sippled frae sweet mossy fountains.

II. n. A repeating sipping, a tipple. Rnf. 1805  G. McIndoe Poems 18:
We Scots fock like a sipple.
Abd. 1865  G. MacDonald Alec Forbes lxvii.:
'Deed, Mr. Cupples, ye s' hae neither sook nor sipple o' that spring.

[Freq. form of sip. Cf. Sirple. O.Sc. sippler, 1600.]

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