- The definition of a lip is either the top or bottom edges of the mouth, something that resembles these, or an outer or upper edge or rim.
- An example of a lip is what's used when kissing.
- An example of a lip is the edge of a glass.
- Lip is defined as to touch the lips to something.
An example of lip is putting a musical instrument to your mouth in order to play.
A pair of puckered lips.
- either of the two fleshy folds forming the edges of the mouth
- anything like a lip, as in structure or in being an edge, rim, or margin; specif.,
- the edge of a wound
- the projecting rim of a pitcher, cup, etc.
- the edge of the mouthpiece of a wind instrument
- the edge on either side of the sound-producing opening of an organ flue pipe
- the cutting edge of any of certain tools
- Anat. labium
- Bot. a lip-shaped corolla, calyx, or petal, as in a mint or an orchid
- the position and use of the lips in playing a wind instrument; embouchure
- Slang impertinent or insolent talk
Origin of lipMiddle English lippe ; from Old English lippa, akin to Middle Dutch lippe ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leb-, to hang loosely, lip from source Classical Latin labes, a falling, labium, lip
transitive verblipped, lipping
- to touch with the lips; specif.,
- to place the lips in the proper position for playing (a wind instrument)
- Archaic to kiss
- to utter, esp. softly
- Golf to come just to the edge of (the cup): said of the ball
- Phonet. articulated with a lip or the lips; labial: not widely used as a technical term: a lip consonant
- of or for the lips
- from the lips only; spoken, but insincere
bite one's lip
hang on the lips of
keep a stiff upper lip☆
smack one's lips
- Anatomy Either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth.
- A structure or part that encircles or bounds an orifice, as:a. Anatomy A labium.b. The margin of flesh around a wound.c. Either of the margins of the aperture of a gastropod shell.d. A rim, as of a vessel, bell, or crater.
- Botany One of the two divisions of a bilabiate corolla or calyx, as in the snapdragon, or the modified median petal of an orchid flower.
- The tip of a pouring spout, as on a pitcher.
- Slang Insolent talk.
transitive verblipped lipped, lip·ping, lips
- a. To touch the lips to.b. To kiss.
- To utter.
- To lap or splash against.
- Sports To hit a golf ball so that it touches the edge of (the hole) without dropping in.
Origin of lipMiddle English, from Old English lippa; see leb- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural lips)
- (countable) Either of the two fleshy protrusions around the opening of the mouth.
- (countable) A part of the body that resembles a lip, such as the edge of a wound or the labia.
- (countable) The projecting rim of an open container; a short open spout.
- (slang, uncountable) Backtalk; verbal impertinence.
- Don’t give me any lip!
- The edge of a high spot of land.
- The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.
- (botany) One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla.
- (botany) The distinctive petal of the Orchis family.
- (zoology) One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell.
(third-person singular simple present lips, present participle lipping, simple past and past participle lipped)
From Middle English lippe, from Old English lippe, lippa (“lip”), from Proto-Germanic *lipjô (“lip”), from Proto-Indo-European *leb- (“to hang loosely, droop, sag”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian lip (“lip”), Dutch lip (“lip”), German Lippe and Lefze (“lip”), Swedish läpp (“lip”), Norwegian leppe (“lip”), Latin labium (“lip”), Russian to kiss (to kiss).
- alternative (shortened) form of lipo-
Variant of lipo-
Origin of lipo-; from Classical Greek lipos, fat ; from Indo-European an unverified form leip-: see leave