- to keep back one's anger, annoyance, etc.
- to listen to with close attention
- to bear pain or distress bravely or stoically
- one is determined to keep a secret or keep quiet
- to express great satisfaction in anticipating or remembering something pleasant
Other Word Forms of Lip
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Lip
- bite one's lip
- hang on the lips of
- keep a stiff upper lip
- one's lips are sealed
- smack one's lips
Origin of Lip
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).
Middle English from Old English lippa leb- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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