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[flip-ing] /ˈflɪp ɪŋ/
adjective, adverb, Chiefly British Slang.
(used as an intensifier):
I'm flipping tired of your excuses.
Origin of flipping
1910-15; flip1 + -ing2; perhaps euphemistically echoing fucking


[flip] /flɪp/
verb (used with object), flipped, flipping.
to toss or put in motion with a sudden impulse, as with a snap of a finger and thumb, especially so as to cause to turn over in the air:
to flip a coin.
to move (something) suddenly or jerkily.
to turn over, especially with a short rapid gesture:
to flip pancakes with a spatula.
Slang. to make (someone) insane, irrational, angry, or highly excited (usually followed by out).
Finance. to resell, especially quickly, or to refinance, as a mortgage loan.
verb (used without object), flipped, flipping.
to make a flicking movement; strike at something smartly or sharply; snap.
to move oneself with or as if with flippers:
The seals flipped along the beach.
to move with a jerk or jerks.
to turn over or perform a somersault in the air.
  1. to react to something in an excited, astonished, or delighted manner:
    He really flipped over his new girlfriend.
  2. to become insane, irrational, angry, or highly excited (often followed by out).
an instance of flipping; a smart tap or strike.
a sudden jerk.
a somersault, especially one performed in the air:
a back flip off the diving board.
Cards. a variety of seven-card stud in which each player receives the first four cards facedown and selects two of them to expose before receiving the next card.
Slang. flip side.
flip one's lid / wig, Slang. lid (def 8).
1585-95; 1955-60 for def 10; see fillip Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for flipping
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  • "Mind the barbed wire," exclaimed Mr. Brown, flipping with his cane at one of those giant brambles.

  • She held the telegram, flipping her fingers against one end of it as she debated.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Sophia was thrown back from the single gun, crashing against the wall, flipping in air and landing on her stomach.

    Voyage To Eternity Milton Lesser
  • flipping a man in the face with a glove was fashionable in the days of Charles II.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • "We have a powerhouse here," he said, flipping the paper across the table.

    The K-Factor Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
British Dictionary definitions for flipping


adjective, adverb
(Brit, slang) (intensifier): a flipping idiot, it's flipping cold
Word Origin
C19: perhaps a euphemism for fucking


verb flips, flipping, flipped
to throw (something light or small) carelessly or briskly; toss: he flipped me an envelope
to throw or flick (an object such as a coin) so that it turns or spins in the air
to propel by a sudden movement of the finger; flick: to flip a crumb across the room
(foll by through) to read or look at (a book, newspaper, etc) quickly, idly, or incompletely
(intransitive) (of small objects) to move or bounce jerkily
(intransitive) to make a snapping movement or noise with the finger and thumb
(intransitive) (slang) to fly into a rage or an emotional outburst (also in the phrases flip one's lid, flip one's top, flip out)
(intransitive) (slang) to become ecstatic or very excited: he flipped over the jazz group
a snap or tap, usually with the fingers
a rapid jerk
a somersault, esp one performed in the air, as in a dive, rather than from a standing position
same as nog1 (sense 1)
(informal) impertinent, flippant, or pert
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin; see fillip
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Word Origin and History for flipping



1590s (1520s in flip-flop), imitative or else a contraction of fillip (q.v.), which also is held to be imitative. Sense of "get excited" is first recorded 1950; flip one's lid "lose one's head, go wild" is from 1950. For flip (adj.) "glib," see flippant. Meaning "to flip a coin" (to decide something) is by 1879. As a noun by 1690s. Related: Flipped. Flipping (adj.) as euphemism for fucking is British slang first recorded 1911 in D.H. Lawrence. Flip side (of a gramophone record) is by 1949.


sailors' hot drink usually containing beer, brandy and sugar, 1690s, from flip (v.); so called from notion of it being "whipped up" or beaten.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flipping



Accursed; wretched; damn, freaking: Give me the flipping thing and I'll get it fixed

[1911+ British; a euphemism for fucking]

flip 1


Flippant; impudent; cheeky: Mr Lawrence is flip and easy/ Someone else thought he was too flip at press conferences (1847+)

flip 2


Something that causes hilarity or pleasure: The big flip of the year is Peter Arno's book of cartoons (1950+)


  1. To change or switch diametrically; flip-flop: So I flipped over to the opposite opinion (1900s+)
  2. To respond enthusiastically; feel great excitement and pleasure: ''They flipped over it,'' Riveroll recalls/ I flip over this record (1950+)
  3. To cause one to respond with enthusiasm; give one great pleasure: My imitation of Mr Kissinger flipped the assemblage (1950+)
  4. To become angry: When he told me what he had done, I flipped (1940s+)
  5. To go insane; behave irrationally; flip out: I was flipping at first but then the marvelous vibes got to me (1950s+ Cool talk)
  6. To become an informer; fink out, sing: Someone had tipped the police off to where they should look: a suspect who had been persuaded to flip, become a government informant, on the night of his arrest/ It was the easiest flip Stone ever made. The man rolled over like a puppy (1980s+ Police)
  7. To vomit: Many jockeys have to ''flip'' (regurgitate) their meals to make weight (1980s+)
  8. To exchange one for another; trade in: You buy one, get it out of your system, flip it for a gray Lexus or Infiniti (1990s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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