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1. slang A person given to drink; a drunkard or alcoholic. My granny was an incorrigible tippler. She used to carry a flask of brandy around with her that she'd use to spike her tea or coffee. I think our new manager is a bit of a tippler. He always smells of stale booze when he comes into work.
2. dated slang An outdoor toilet in which fecal matter that collected beneath it was cleared away by a rush of household waste water coming from a tank beneath the kitchen sink that "tippled" over when it became overfull. Often used before another noun as a modifier. When I was growing up, we had just one toilet in the courtyard that was shared by four houses on the block. It was a tippler, too, so you might have the living daylights scared out of you by the roar of water being flushed through the pipes.
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1. n. a tavern keeper. John is the best tippler this place has ever seen. Tip me another, John.
2. n. a drunkard. Uncle Ben was a tippler—a harmless one. He started drinking at fifteen and has been a tippler ever since.
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