Origin of ‘tip’

The word ‘tip’ likely comes from the Rogues’ Cant, which arose in Great Britain hundreds of years ago with the aim of keeping non-thieves from being able to understand what the thieves were talking about. In it ‘tip’ meant “to give; pass along”. In the 17th century, the word spread to being used by non-thieves, referring to money given as a bonus for service rendered.