- 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.
- 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.
- to react to something in an excited, astonished, or delighted manner: He really flipped over his new girlfriend.
- 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).
Origin of flip1
- a mixed drink made with liquor or wine, sugar, and egg, topped with powdered nutmeg and served hot or cold.
- a drink, popular especially in the 18th century, made with beer or ale mixed with rum or other liquor, sweetened and served hot.
Origin of flip2
- flippant; pert.
Origin of flip3
Examples from the Web for flip
In a neat line, his agent, beginning a bidding war, promised: “Michiko Kakutani will flip for this.”What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale
December 22, 2014
Were you playing up or, on the flip side, shying away from portraying a romantic attraction?Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
The answer is that you flip state legislatures, since in most places, state legislatures draw the congressional district lines.Seriously, Democrats: You’re Done in Dixie
December 10, 2014
So whatever college campuses are doing, they need to flip that script.Is Columbia Failing Campus Rape Victims?
November 6, 2014
So 2018 will shape up as another wipeout, and the Senate will flip back to the GOP again.The Dems’ Midterm Performance Anxiety
October 31, 2014
And I noticed also that she either doesn't know it, or doesn't give a flip.Her Father's Daughter
Now I'm going to flip you out, yes, out, into a strange region.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
To make a quart of flip, put the ale on the fire to warm, and beat up three or four eggs, with four ounces of moist sugar.
Given a hot room they might flip right over and go off with a bang.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
By reaching out with my pole I could just flip the hopper into the water.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
- to throw (something light or small) carelessly or briskly; tosshe 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; flickto flip a crumb across the room
- (foll by through) to read or look at (a book, newspaper, etc) quickly, idly, or incompletely
- (intr) (of small objects) to move or bounce jerkily
- (intr) to make a snapping movement or noise with the finger and thumb
- (intr) slang to fly into a rage or an emotional outburst (also in the phrases flip one's lid, flip one's top, flip out)
- (intr) slang to become ecstatic or very excitedhe 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 nog 1 (def. 1)
- informal impertinent, flippant, or pert
Word Origin and History for flip
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.