- a labium.
- the outer or the inner margin of the aperture of a gastropod's shell.
verb (used with object), lipped, lip·ping.
verb (used without object), lipped, lip·ping.
- lions club,
- liouville's theorem,
- lip gloss,
- lip microphone,
- lip molding,
- lip out,
- lip reading
- to face misfortune bravely and resolutely: Throughout the crisis they kept a stiff upper lip.
- to suppress the display of any emotion.
Origin of lip
Examples from the Web for lip
She narrowed her eyes, bit her lip as if to chew over the question, and whisked some stray blond hairs away from her face.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Does it matter whether Taylor Swift wants me to inflate my Internet notoriety by doing a dumb thing where I lip sync to her music?Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer|Arthur Chu|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Zied suggests popping a breath strip, sucking on a strong mint, or reapplying your lip gloss.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work|DailyBurn|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was very sincere and nice, but I saw him glance at the pink moustache across my lip.
When I travel and kids run up to me, all that the girls want to do is look in my purse and put on my lip glosses and chapsticks.
His name is on every lip throughout China, his person in every imagination.The Last Words of Distinguished Men and Women|Frederic Rowland Marvin
They were mere boys, clean of lip and chin and smooth of forehead, no wrinkles had ever traced a furrow there.The Red Horizon|Patrick MacGill
The nervous system shows the strain it has borne by a tremulousness of the hand and of the lip, in man as well as in woman.The Johnstown Horror|James Herbert Walker
Sibyl paused; the pause was a tribute to the force of the curl of her sister's lip.It Never Can Happen Again|William De Morgan
She looked again at Berengère, who saw the glint of her green eyes and the old proud discontent twisting her lip, but did nothing.The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay|Maurice Hewlett
- either of the two fleshy folds surrounding the mouth, playing an important role in the production of speech sounds, retaining food in the mouth, etcRelated adjective: labial
- (as modifier)lip salve
- to stifle one's feelings
- to be annoyed or irritated
verb lips, lipping or lipped
Word Origin for lip
Old English lippa, from Proto-Germanic *lepjon (cf. Old Frisian lippa, Middle Dutch lippe, Dutch lip, Old High German lefs, German Lefze, Swedish läpp, Danish læbe), from PIE *leb- "to lick; lip" (cf. Latin labium).
French lippe is from a Germanic source. Transferred sense of "edge or margin of a cup, etc." is from 1590s. Slang sense "saucy talk" is from 1821, probably from move the lip (1570s) "utter even the slightest word (against someone)." To bite (one's) lip "show vexation" is from early 14c. Stiff upper lip as a sign of courage is from 1833. Lip gloss is attested from 1939; lip balm from 1877. Related: Lips.
c.1600, "to kiss," from lip (n.). Meaning "to pronounce with the lips only" is from 1789. Related: Lipped; lipping.
In addition to the idioms beginning with lip
- lips are sealed, one's
- lip service
- button up (one's lip)
- keep a stiff upper lip
- lick one's chops (lips)
- pass one's lips