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Welcome to The Original Tipping Page main content pages. To easily navigate the various pages of information, please use the menu on the left hand column. Below are some definitions from Webster's On-Line Dictionary:

Webster's Definitions

Main Entry: gra·tu·ity
Pronunciation: gr&-'tü-&-tE, -'tyü-
Function: noun
InflectedForm(s): plural -ities
Date:1540
: something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service; especially : TIP

Main Entry: tip
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): tipped; tip·ping
Etymology: perhaps from tip
Date: circa 1610
transitive senses
1 : GIVE, PRESENT
2 : to give a gratuity to
intransitive senses : to bestow a gratuity

Main Entry: tip
Function: noun
Date:1755
: a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated : GRATUITY

The word TIP is also considered by many to be an acronym:

T.I.P. - "To Insure Promptness" or "To Insure Prompt" service

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