Lip definition

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The tip of a pouring spout, as on a pitcher.
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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.

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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.

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(anatomy) Either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth.
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A structure or part that encircles or bounds an orifice, as:
  • (anatomy) A labium.
  • The margin of flesh around a wound.
  • Either of the margins of the aperture of a gastropod shell.
  • A rim, as of a vessel, bell, or crater.
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(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.
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(slang) Insolent talk.
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To utter.
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To lap or splash against.
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(sports) To hit a golf ball so that it touches the edge of (the hole) without dropping in.
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To touch the lips to.
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To kiss.
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Either of the two fleshy folds forming the edges of the mouth.
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Anything like a lip, as in structure or in being an edge, rim, or margin.
  • 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.
  • (bot.) A lip-shaped corolla, calyx, or petal, as in a mint or an orchid.
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The position and use of the lips in playing a wind instrument; embouchure.
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(slang) Impertinent or insolent talk.
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To touch with the lips.
  • To place the lips in the proper position for playing (a wind instrument)
  • (archaic) To kiss.
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(golf) To come just to the edge of (the cup)
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(phonet.) Articulated with a lip or the lips; labial.

A lip consonant.

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Of or for the lips.
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From the lips only; spoken, but insincere.
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A structure or part that encircles or bounds an orifice, as:
  • (anatomy) A labium.
  • The margin of flesh around a wound.
  • Either of the margins of the aperture of a gastropod shell.
  • A rim, as of a vessel, bell, or crater.
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Either of two fleshy structures that surround the opening of the mouth in humans and other mammals.
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In humans, the smooth brownish to reddish border of the lip.
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(countable) Either of the two fleshy protrusions around the opening of the mouth.
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(countable) The projecting rim of an open container; a short open spout.
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(slang, uncountable) Backtalk; verbal impertinence.

Don't give me any lip!

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The edge of a high spot of land.
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The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.
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(botany) One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla.
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(botany) The distinctive petal of the Orchis family.
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(zoology) One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell.
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To touch with the lips; to kiss or lick; to lap the lips against something.
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To utter verbally.

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To simulate speech merely by lip-movement, as suffices for a lip-reader.
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(sports) To make a golf ball hit the lip of the cup, without dropping in.
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Alternative (shortened) form of lipo-
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(countable) A part of the body that resembles a lip, such as the edge of a wound or the labia.
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bite one's lip
  • to keep back one's anger, annoyance, etc.
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hang on the lips of
  • to listen to with close attention
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keep a stiff upper lip
  • to bear pain or distress bravely or stoically
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one's lips are sealed
  • one is determined to keep a secret or keep quiet
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smack one's lips
  • to express great satisfaction in anticipating or remembering something pleasant
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lip
Plural:
LIPS

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

hang on the lips of
keep a stiff upper lip
smack one's lips

Origin of lip

  • Middle English from Old English lippa leb- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary