• WordNet 3.6
    • n tippler someone who drinks liquor repeatedly in small quantities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tippler One who habitually indulges in the excessive use of spirituous liquors, whether he becomes intoxicated or not.
    • Tippler One who keeps a tippling-house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tippler A breed of domesticated pigeons, derived from and very closely resembling the tumblers. They do not, however, ‘tumble’ when on the wing and fly but poorly.
    • n tippler One who or that which tipples or turns over; a tumbler.
    • n tippler Same as tipper, 1.
    • n tippler One who tipples; especially, a person who drinks strong liquor habitually without positive drunkenness; a moderate toper.
    • n tippler One who sells tipple; the keeper of a tavern or public house; a publican.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Tippler a constant toper
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A freq. of tip, to tilt up a vessel in drinking; Norw. tipla; Ger. zipfeln.


In literature:

She was peering out at her royal spouse and his fellow tipplers, and the frown on her face gave Grief his cue.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Borlasse is less so than any of his fellow-tipplers.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
He began to associate at once with students and tipplers, and dissipated less by drinking than by talking.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
One of these latter lived not far from the Lambert Library, was a tippler at times, and had a grievance.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
A common term with tipplers, especially after taking the meridian observation.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I never gave nor sold a glass of whiskey to a tippler in my life.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
He would not look himself, from horror of the tipplers.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The tippler interposed with moist emotion.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
At her sight, the frocked debauchers, the tonsured tipplers, heated with wine, jump up neighing with lustful admiration.
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
Here's your health, my gallant Tippler, may you ne'er have cause to rue That you blessed our common country as a source of revenue!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, April 26 1890" by Various

In poetry:

But though I toss a hearty pot,
Kind stranger, do not think I'm not
For Truth a groper . . .
Another? Thanks, I won't refuse,
I am a tippler, if you choose,
But not a toper.
"Dram-Shop Ditty" by Robert W Service

In news:

Here's quick quiz for all you tipplers out there: name the two top selling liquor brands in the world.
Tipplers at the newSersteakhouse gaze not at an exuberantly sensual mural of a semi- nude woman, but into a crisp, modern checkerboard of bottle shelving.
A few months into solo restaurant ownership, Ware shares the hit dishes of her Beaumont eatery and gets us excited about the upcoming opening of barware, smallware's adjacent space for dedicated tipplers.
Independence After Hours Tour and Tippler 's Tour offer a taste of history in Philadelphia.
A British tippler who opts to drink beer at home spends as little as 79 pence—$1.22—for a pint.
While there is no definitive etymology for the word "cocktail," most scholarly tipplers agree that it likely emerged in the early 1800s.
Truffles to Go With Your Tipplers.