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noun \ˈlip\

Simple Definition of lip

  • : either one of the two soft parts that surround the mouth

  • : the edge of a cut or hole

  • : the edge of a container especially where it is slightly spread out

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lip

  1. 1 :  either of two fleshy folds that surround the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and are organs of human speech essential to certain articulations; also :  the red or pinkish margin of the human lip

  2. 2 slang :  back talk

  3. 3 a :  a fleshy edge or margin (as of a wound) b :  labium c :  labellum 1 d :  a limb of a labiate corolla

  4. 4 a :  the edge of a hollow vessel or cavity b :  a projecting edge: as (1) :  the beveled upper edge of the mouth of an organ flue pipe (2) :  the sharp cutting edge on the end of a tool (as an auger) (3) :  a short spout (as on a pitcher) c :  edge 2

  5. 5 :  embouchure

lipless play \-ləs\ adjective
liplike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of lip in a sentence

  1. He had a cut on his lip.

  2. She was nervously biting her lip.

  3. the lips of a wound

  4. the lip of a crater

  5. the lip of a pitcher

Origin of lip

Middle English, from Old English lippa; akin to Old High German leffur lip and probably to Latin labium, labrum lip

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with lip




Definition of lip

  1. 1 :  insincere <lip praise>

  2. 2 :  produced with the participation of the lips :  labial <lip consonants>




Definition of lip


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to touch with the lips; especially :  kiss

  3. 2 :  utter

  4. 3 :  to lap against :  lick

  5. 4 :  to hit (a putt) so that the ball hits the edge of the cup but fails to drop in —usually used with out

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to hit the edge of the cup without dropping in —used with out <the putt lipped out>

Examples of lip in a sentence

  1. <the waves, reflecting the red glow of the sunset, gently lipped the prow>


First Known Use of lip



combining form

Definition of lip-

  1. :  fat :  fatty tissue :  fatty <lipoid> <lipoprotein>

Variants of lip-

or lipo-

Origin of lip-

New Latin, from Greek, from lipos — more at leave

LIP Defined for Kids


noun \ˈlip\

Definition of lip for Students

  1. 1 :  either of the two folds of flesh that surround the mouth

  2. 2 :  the edge of a hollow container (as a jar) especially where it is slightly spread out

  3. 3 :  an edge (as of a wound) like or of flesh

  4. 4 :  an edge that sticks out <the lip of a roof>

lipped \ˈlipt\ adjective

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈlip\

Medical Definition of lip

  1. 1:  either of the two fleshy folds which surround the opening of the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and in humans are organs of speech essential to certain articulations; also :  the pinkish or reddish margin of a human lip composed of nonglandular mucous membrane and usually exposed when the mouth takes on its natural set

  2. 2:  an edge of a wound

  3. 3:  either of a pair of fleshy folds surrounding an orifice

  4. 4:  an anatomical part or structure (as a labium) resembling a lip

liplike \ˈlip-ˌlīk\play adjective

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expressing little or no emotion

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