- 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.
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Idioms for lip
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM liplip·less, adjectivelip·like, adjectiveout·lip, verb (used with object), out·lipped, out·lip·ping.un·der·lip, noun
Definition for lip (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE LIP-
What does lip- mean?
Lip- comes from the Greek lípos, meaning “fat.” It is not related to lip, as in the part of the mouth; that word is actually connected to the combining form labio-. The combining form lip- is also not to be confused with a second sense of lipo- meaning “lacking” or “leaving.”
Lip- is a variant of lipo-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use lipo- article. You can also learn about the “lacking” sense of lipo- in this article.
Examples of lip-
A word you may have encountered that features the combining form lip- is lipid, “any of a group of organic compounds that are greasy to the touch, insoluble in water, and soluble in alcohol and ether.” In everyday language, it is often used as a synonym for “fat.”
What are some words that use or are related to the combining form lip-?
What are some other forms that lip- may be commonly confused with?
Example sentences from the Web for lip
Ney said McDonnell needs to “keep a stiff lip” and stay in close contact with family members.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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
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If only Sulzberger had managed to keep a zipped upper lip while leaving the dirty work to anonymous underlings.
Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel room spat between the two left Nicki with a busted lip.Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability on ‘The Pinkprint’|Rawiya Kameir|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He paled a little, and sucked his lip, his eyes wandering to the girl, who stood in stolid inapprehension of what was being said.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The eyebrows were low and thick, the upper lip was sensitive, quivering sometimes as she talked, but the lower was firm and full.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Ze under lip rather retires, and this adds to the receding effect of the chin, you see.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Louis turned at the exclamation, and looked on the faithful servant; but no tear was in his eye, no sound on his lip.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
A huge piece of black court plaister hid the wound on his swollen lip, a cup of tisane stood upon the table.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for lip (1 of 2)
- 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
Derived forms of liplipless, adjectiveliplike, adjective
Word Origin for lip
British Dictionary definitions for lip (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for lip (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for lip (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with lip
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