A pair of puckered lips.
- 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.
- 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, lip′ping
- to touch with the lips; specif.,
- to place the lips in the proper position for playing (a wind instrument)
- Archaic to kiss
- 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
one's lips are sealed
smack one's lips
- Anatomy a. Either of two fleshy structures that surround the opening of the mouth in humans and other mammals.b. In humans, the smooth brownish to reddish border of the lip.
- 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, 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 *lipjÃ´ (“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 lÃ¤pp (“lip"), Norwegian leppe (“lip"), Latin labium (“lip"), Russian to kiss (to kiss).
- alternative (shortened) form of lipo-