verbflipped, flip·ping, flips
a. To throw or toss with a light brisk motion: flipped the ball to the pitcher.
b. To toss in the air, imparting a spin: flip a coin.
a. To cause to turn over or around, especially with a light quick motion: flip over a card; flipped the pancake with a spatula.
b. To turn through (papers, for example); leaf: flipped the pages of the report.
a. To strike quickly or lightly; flick: flipped me on the shoulder with his finger.
b. To move or act on with a quick motion: flip a switch; flipped open her briefcase.
- To change or reverse (one's position or attitude).
- To buy and resell (a house, for example) in a short period of time for a profit.
a. To turn over from one side to another or end over end: The canoe flipped over.
b. To turn a somersault, especially in the air.
a. To move up and down in twists and turns: fish flipping about in the net.
b. To move quickly and lightly; snap: The lid flipped open.
- To leaf; browse: flipped through the catalogue.
- To change one's mind, especially on a political position.
a. To go crazy.
b. To react strongly and especially enthusiastically: I flipped over the new car.
- The act of flipping, especially:
a. A flick or tap.
b. A short, quick movement: a flip of the wrist.
c. A somersault.
- Informal A reversal; a flipflop.
- A mixed drink made with any of various alcoholic beverages and often including beaten eggs.
adjectiveflip·per, flip·pest Informal
Marked by casual disrespect; impertinent: a flip answer to a serious question. Phrasal Verbs: flip out
To react strongly; become excited, upset, or angry.To go crazy; have a mental breakdown.
Origin of flip Perhaps imitative
- A maneuver which rotates an object end-over-end.
- We'll decide this on a flip of a coin.
- The diver did a couple of flips before landing in the pool.
- A complete change of direction, decision, movement etc.
(third-person singular simple present flips, present participle flipping, simple past and past participle flipped)
- To throw (as in to turn over).
- You need to flip the pancake onto the other side.
- To put into a quick revolving motion through a snap of the thumb and index finger.
- If you can't decide which option to go for, flip a coin.
- (intransitive, slang) To go berserk or crazy.
- I'd flip if anyone broke my phone.
- To buy an asset (usually a house), improve it and sell it quickly for profit.
- (computing) To invert a bit (binary digit), changing it from 0 to 1 or from 1 to 0.
Alteration of earlier fillip, from Middle English filippen (“to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger, snap the fingers”), an attenuated variation of Middle English flappen (“to flap, clap, slap, strike”). Cognate with Dutch flappen (“to flap”), German flappen (“to flap”).
- (UK, mildly vulgar) used to express annoyance, especially when the speaker has made an error.
Apparently a euphemism for fuck.
(comparative flipper, superlative flippest)
- (UK, informal) Having the quality of playfulness, or lacking seriousness of purpose.
- I hate to be flip, but perhaps we could steal a Christmas tree.
From flippant, by shortening.
- A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron (a flip dog).
Compare English dialect flip (“nimble, flippant, also, a slight blow”).
- (slang, chiefly derogatory, ethnic slur) A Filipino; a person who is of Filipino background.
Shortening of Filipino.