\ ˈlip How to pronounce lip (audio) \

Definition of lip

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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 slang : back talk
3a : a fleshy edge or margin (as of a wound)
b : labium
d : a limb of a labiate corolla
4a : the edge of a hollow vessel or cavity
b : a projecting edge: such 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 (such as an auger)
(3) : a short spout (as on a pitcher)

Definition of lip (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : insincere lip praise
2 : produced with the participation of the lips : labial lip consonants


lipped; lipping

Definition of lip (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to touch with the lips especially : kiss
2 : utter
3 : to lap against : lick
4 : to hit (a putt) so that the ball hits the edge of the cup but fails to drop in usually used with out

intransitive verb

: to hit the edge of the cup without dropping in used with outthe putt lipped out
variants: or lipo-

Definition of lip- (Entry 4 of 4)

: fat : fatty tissue : fatty lipoid lipoprotein

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Other Words from lip


lipless \ ˈlip-​ləs How to pronounce lipless (audio) \ adjective
liplike \ ˈlip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce liplike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lip in a Sentence

Noun He had a cut on his lip. She was nervously biting her lip. the lips of a wound the lip of a crater the lip of a pitcher Adjective part of the ritual of the awards ceremony is the nominee's lip praise for the performances of his or her competitors Verb the waves, reflecting the red glow of the sunset, gently lipped the prow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like most TikTok subgenres, there’s plenty of lip syncing and elaborate, coordinated dance routines on Prison TikTok. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok," 1 July 2020 Looking for dreamy eyeshadow palettes and show-stopping lip gloss? Erin Parker, Glamour, "14 Best 4th of July Sales in Beauty for 2020," 30 June 2020 The makeup mogul's sultry look included a bronze smokey eye and a nude lip. Georgia Slater,, "Kylie Jenner Shows Off New Blonde Hair While Modeling Gucci Lingerie," 24 June 2020 Dear Heloise: Eyeliner can work as a lip liner too. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: PPE for you and me," 23 June 2020 This isn’t a huge line—there are only four curated items in it, including a palette, lip gloss, brush set and setting spray—but 100% of the net proceeds from items sold during June and July will go to benefit GLSEN. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "25 brands that are giving back for Pride Month," 22 June 2020 However, her supervisor, Michelle Darrow, started sewing protective equipment with a clear panel over the mouth area that would allow Adams to see her co-workers’ lip movements, The OC Register reported. Fox News, "See-through coronavirus face masks let hearing-impaired physical therapist keep working," 12 June 2020 What's not visible on this shot, which first appeared on Reddit, is the M4's aggressive rear end, accentuated with a spoiler lip and four exhaust tips. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "This Is the Next BMW M4, Revealed in Leaked Photo," 5 June 2020 In the isolation booth, Herb Stempel bit his lip to show tension. Robert D. Mcfadden,, "Herbert Stempel, whistle-blower in quiz show scandals, dies at 93," 31 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Morrison told Fox News that the man's lip size, and the height and width of his mouth were accurately recreated by measuring the enamel of the skeleton's teeth. Fox News, "Facial reconstruction provides glimpse of priest who died 900 years ago," 29 May 2020 Every lip gloss, lip liner, and eyeshadow comes in six color options, so there is plenty to choose from depending on your personal preferences. Christina Butan,, "Lady Gaga Just Dropped Sparkly, Holiday-Perfect Makeup on Amazon, Including Lipstick and Eyeshadow," 12 Dec. 2019 When the collection officially goes on sale in September, fans will be able to buy the lip gloss, lip liner, and all-over color pigments exclusively on Amazon. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga's Makeup Line Haus Laboratories Will Launch on Amazon in September," 9 July 2019 In an exclusive interview with Business of Fashion, the singer revealed that the collection will include makeup kits that combine lip gloss, lip liner, and all-over color. Vogue, "Lady Gaga Is Launching a Makeup Line, Haus Laboratories—Here’s What We Know," 9 July 2019 The collection includes four lipsticks, two lip pencils, three liquid lipcolours, three lip glasses, an eyeshadow palette, and an extra dimension skin finish. Houston Chronicle, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, MAC's Selena La Reina line is available for pre-order," 7 Apr. 2020 This time around, the dynamic duo is giving us much more than lip kits. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "The Ashley Graham x Revlon Tropical Vibes Collection Is the Sunshine We Need Right Now," 24 Mar. 2020 Play it up with a lip pencil or gloss, or rock it on its own! Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "MAC Teams Up With Barbie For Its Newest Lipstick Launch," 10 Mar. 2020 As wild as the idea of a museum for Kylie might sound, a convention devoted to all things lip kits isn't entirely out of the question. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Reportedly Filed Trademarks for a Convention and Museum," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead, children are asked to lip sync or use interpretive dance to express themselves. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "No singing, no props: Youth theater camps switch into pandemic mode," 3 July 2020 Normally, the All-Stars judges pick two weekly challenge winners, who lip-sync for the ability to single-handedly choose who, among the bottom-finishing queens, will be eliminated that week. Joey Nolfi,, "RuPaul, Drag Race producers spill secrets of casting queens who conquer the world," 16 June 2020 Woods' eagle putt lipped out, and the hole was halved, with Woods and Manning 3 up. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Tom Brady sinks incredible fairway shot in The Match vs. Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning," 24 May 2020 After a nearly three-hour emergency meeting on the coronvirus Thursday morning, the San Francisco school board emerged tight lipped about whether San Francisco schools would close in response to the increase of cases likely hitting classrooms. Jill Tucker,, "SF school board meets to discuss coronavirus response with update due this afternoon," 12 Mar. 2020 Lawrence has modified the fabric mask pattern to be suitable for those who lip read or rely on facial expressions when communicating in ASL. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky college student makes reusable masks for deaf and hard of hearing," 7 Apr. 2020 While multiple factories are involved in the additional production, the company is being tight-lipped about which of its 24 U.S. plants are making the new products in America. Alexander Coolidge,, "Coronavirus: P&G making Safeguard hand sanitizer, also unbranded masks," 2 Apr. 2020 Tokarski slipped his thumb in the fish's mouth and carefully lipped it through the hole. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: A giant perch and a grateful angler create a Wisconsin fish tale to remember," 28 Mar. 2020 That one lipped out, leaving a bogey putt that was 10 inches longer than the par effort. Eamon Lynch, Golfweek, "Lynch: Attention turns to Tiger Woods' plans before Masters after Genesis meltdown," 15 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lip


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1589, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for lip


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

Combining form

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

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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce lip- (audio)

English Language Learners 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


\ ˈlip How to pronounce lip (audio) \

Kids Definition of lip

1 : either of the two folds of flesh that surround the mouth
2 : the edge of a hollow container (as a jar) especially where it is slightly spread out
3 : an edge (as of a wound) like or of flesh
4 : an edge that sticks out the lip of a roof

Other Words from lip

lipped \ ˈlipt \ adjective


\ ˈlip How to pronounce lip (audio) \

Medical Definition of lip

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 : an edge of a wound
3 : either of a pair of fleshy folds surrounding an orifice
4 : an anatomical part or structure (as a labium) resembling a lip

Other Words from lip

liplike \ ˈlip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce liplike (audio) \ adjective

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