Idioms

Origin of lip

before 1000; Middle English lip(pe), Old English lippa; cognate with Dutch lip, German Lippe; akin to Norwegian lepe, Latin labium

Related forms

lip·less, adjectivelip·like, adjectiveout·lip, verb (used with object), out·lipped, out·lip·ping.un·der·lip, noun

Definition for button one's lip (2 of 2)

button

[ buht-n ]
/ ˈbʌt n /

noun


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be capable of being buttoned: This coat buttons, but that one zips.

Origin of button

1275–1325; Middle English boto(u)n < Anglo-French: rosehip, button, stud; Middle French boton, equivalent to boter to butt3 + -on noun suffix

Related forms

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for button one's lip (1 of 2)

button

/ (ˈbʌtən) /

noun


verb

See also buttons, button up

Derived Forms

buttoner, nounbuttonless, adjectivebuttony, adjective

Word Origin for button

C14: from Old French boton, from boter to thrust, butt, of Germanic origin; see butt ³

British Dictionary definitions for button one's lip (2 of 2)

lip

/ (lɪp) /

noun


verb lips, lipping or lipped

See also lip out

Derived Forms

lipless, adjectiveliplike, adjective

Word Origin for lip

Old English lippa; related to Old High German leffur, Norwegian lepe, Latin labium
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for button one's lip (1 of 2)

lip

[ lĭp ]

n.

Either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth.
A liplike structure bounding or encircling a bodily cavity or groove.

Medicine definitions for button one's lip (2 of 2)

button

[ bŭtn ]

n.

A knoblike structure, device, or lesion.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Idioms and Phrases with button one's lip (1 of 3)

button one's lip

see button up, def. 2.


Idioms and Phrases with button one's lip (2 of 3)

button

In addition to the idioms beginning with button

  • button one's lip
  • button up

also see:

  • cute as a button
  • have all one's buttons
  • on the button
  • push (press) someone's buttons
  • push the panic button

Idioms and Phrases with button one's lip (3 of 3)

lip

In addition to the idioms beginning with lip

  • lips are sealed, one's
  • lip service

also see:

  • button up (one's lip)
  • keep a stiff upper lip
  • lick one's chops (lips)
  • pass one's lips

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.