Nearby words

  1. lionly,
  2. lions,
  3. lions club,
  4. liouville,
  5. liouville's theorem,
  6. lip gloss,
  7. lip microphone,
  8. lip molding,
  9. lip out,
  10. lip reading

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

lip-

variant of lipo-1 before a vowel: lipectomy, libase, lipemia.
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British Dictionary definitions for lip

lip

noun

anatomy
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)lip salve
the corresponding part in animals, esp mammals
any structure resembling a lip, such as the rim of a crater, the margin of a gastropod shell, etc
a nontechnical word for labium, labellum (def. 1)
slang impudent talk or backchat
the embouchure and control in the lips needed to blow wind and brass instruments
bite one's lip
  1. to stifle one's feelings
  2. to be annoyed or irritated
button one's lip or button up one's lip slang to stop talking: often imperative
keep a stiff upper lip to maintain one's courage or composure during a time of trouble without giving way to or revealing one's emotions
lick one's lips or smack one's lips to anticipate or recall something with glee or relish

verb lips, lipping or lipped

(tr) to touch with the lip or lips
(tr) to form or be a lip or lips for
(tr) rare to murmur or whisper
(intr) to use the lips in playing a wind instrument
See also lip out

Derived Formslipless, adjectiveliplike, adjective

Word Origin for lip

Old English lippa; related to Old High German leffur, Norwegian lepe, Latin labium

lip-

combining form

a variant of lipo-
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Word Origin and History for lip
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Medicine definitions for lip

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.

lip-

pref.

Variant oflipo-

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Idioms and Phrases with lip

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
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