Origin of lipped
- 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.
- 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
Related Words for lippedblow, graze, greet, smack, brush, glance, salute, splash, lick, respond, claim, convey, speak, suggest, add, state, answer, reply, tell, disclose
Examples from the Web for lipped
Historical Examples of lipped
Have you seen the primal dew ere the sun has lipped the pearl?The Young Duke
Miss Kennedy lipped her cup again, raised, drank a sip and gigglegiggled.Ulysses
He lipped the words, but his dry throat would not voice them.Rung Ho!
It was full of turbid water which lipped to the very brim, and the clay which dammed up the broken wall was sodden and dripping.Lives of the Fur Folk
M. D. Haviland
Yet a fourth time it clambered up again, and this time it lipped the brink and poured over the intrenchment at the top.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
- 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
c.1600, "to kiss," from lip (n.). Meaning "to pronounce with the lips only" is from 1789. Related: Lipped; lipping.
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.
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