- a removable or hinged cover for closing the opening, usually at the top, of a pot, jar, trunk, etc.; a movable cover.
- an eyelid.
- a restraint, ceiling, or curb, as on prices or news.
- Slang. a hat, cap, or other head covering.
- (in mosses)
- the cover of the capsule; operculum.
- the upper section of a pyxidium.
- Slang. one ounce of marijuana.
- to supply or cover with a lid.
- blow/flip one's lid, Slang. to lose control, especially to rage hysterically: He nearly flipped his lid over the way they damaged his car.Also flip one's wig.
- blow the lid off, Informal. to expose to public view, especially to reveal something scandalous, illegal, etc.
Origin of lid
Related Words for liddedpainted, protected, enclosed, closed, wrapped, hidden, concealed, coated, capped, veiled, disguised, bound, masked, sheltered, hooded, sheathed, secreted, roofed, surfaced
Examples from the Web for lidded
Contemporary Examples of lidded
As he told the story, his lidded eyes would crease into a warm, delighted look.Remembering the Man Who Brought Jaws—and Me—to the Shelves
December 23, 2008
Historical Examples of lidded
He licked his thick lips, his eyes blank and lidded, like a toad's.The Crystal Crypt
Philip Kindred Dick
The tea-cups, saucered and lidded, but unhandled, stood in a row before the polished brass hot-water kettle.
Then he looked with his warm blue eyes at the almost sardonic, lidded eyes of the foreigner.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
And so, with silk and all sorts of tiny materials, the Lycosa builds a lidded cap to the entrance of her home.The Life of the Spider
J. Henri Fabre
- a cover, usually removable or hinged, for a receptaclea saucepan lid; a desk lid
- short for eyelid
- botany another name for operculum (def. 2)
- slang short for skidlid
- US old-fashioned, slang a quantity of marijuana, usually an ounce
- dip one's lid Australian informal to raise one's hat as a greeting, etc
- flip one's lid slang to become crazy or angry
- put the lid on informal
- Britishto be the final blow to
- to curb, prevent, or discourage
- take the lid off informal to make startling or spectacular revelations about
Word Origin for lid
mid-13c., from Old English hlid "lid, cover, opening, gate," from Proto-Germanic *khlithan (cf. Old Norse hlið "gate, gap," Swedish lid "gate," Old French hlid, Middle Dutch lit, Dutch lid, Old High German hlit "lid, cover"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)), with here perhaps the sense of "that which bends over." Meaning "eyelid" is from early 13c. Slang sense of "hat, cap" is attested from 1896. Slang phrase put a lid on "clamp down on, silence, end" is from 1906.
see blow the lid off; flip one's lid; put the lid on.