When you drink a small amount of something, you sip it. If your cocoa is extremely hot, you should probably sip it until it cools off a little bit.

You may sit in a corner and sip your punch at a dull party, but when your long hike leaves you parched, it's hard to sip from your water bottle instead of guzzling. As a noun sip means "small drink," like a sip of Coke or a sip of soup. The origin of sip isn't clear, though we know it's related to the Old English supan, "take into the mouth a little at a time."

Definitions of sip
  1. verb
    drink in sips
    “She was sipping her tea”
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    type of:
    drink, imbibe
    take in liquids
  2. noun
    a small drink
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    type of:
    deglutition, drink, swallow
    the act of swallowing
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