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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Slit in a tire to drain away surface water and improve traction.
  • n. (dialect) A drain.
  • v. To cut grooves in tires.
  • v. (UK) To drain, to filter through peat or reeds; to seep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. See seep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ooze; trickle; soak through or out.
  • To steep; soak.


From Old English sipian , related to seep. (Wiktionary)


  • (I think Cathy Seipp of blessed memory did the reverse — "sipe" instead of "seep.")

    Terrance Heath: Sotomayor and the Vulcan Standard, Pt. 2

  • The best ones use a softer compound and a molded-in sipe--a strategically placed groove in addition to the normal tire tread to help carry the water out.

    Best Cars For Snow

  • If you are interested in participating, contact the O.sipe Temple No. 65 at P.O. Box 1943 or call Bob Cosby at (229) 269-1681.



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  • A marketer knows how to hype:
    Extolling a tire of indifferent type
    He'll sing of its soundness,
    Its ebony roundness,
    Its tread and ingenious new sipe.

    May 3, 2015

  • There's a tyre ad on TV here at the moment where one of the experts refers to the tread markings as sipes.

    November 19, 2008

  • To increase a tire's traction on icy roads by making shallow slashes in the tread surface.

    October 19, 2007