\ 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 Levi had a couple of its identifying symptoms, too: red, dry, cracked lips and unusually bloodshot eyes. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb County boy, 7, recovers from pediatric rare syndrome linked to COVID-19," 25 May 2020 Same nose, eyes, lips and brows — but with this giant cloth thing covering half of it. Washington Post, "Masks are changing the way we look at each other, and ourselves," 19 May 2020 Gathered around a piano inside the theater, music director Cassandra Nickols Gonzalez strikes chords while students warm up their voices, buzzing their lips and meowing octaves. Los Angeles Times, "The day coronavirus canceled prom and everything else for an L.A. high school singer," 10 May 2020 Beauty retailers, whose very sales depend on people touching their eyes, lips, and faces, especially are reckoning with health experts' guidelines to promote social distancing and restricted contact. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "You Probably Shouldn't Be Using Makeup Testers Right Now," 13 Mar. 2020 May the wine go straight to my beloved, flowing gently over lips and teeth. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "This Is What the Bible Really Says About Sex, For Those Who Are Wondering," 4 Mar. 2020 Speaker Nancy Pelosi compulsively worked her teeth with lips and tongue, her fidgeting countenance alive with fury. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The State of Our Union Is . . . Entertaining," 5 Feb. 2020 The positions of the lips and tongue, and the soft palate, also influence what kinds of sound are produced. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "After 3,000 years, we can hear the “voice” of a mummified Egyptian priest," 24 Jan. 2020 And while the dynasty’s regalia was glittery and their palaces splendid, the royals themselves were markedly less easy on the eyes: Generation after generation, Habsburg monarchs had sharply jutting jaws, bulbous lower lips and long noses. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "The Distinctive ‘Habsburg Jaw’ Was Likely the Result of the Royal Family’s Inbreeding," 4 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 At the very least, fans can expect some new riff on a Kylie Cosmetics palette, lip kit or makeup shade named after the tune. Lindsay Weinberg, Billboard, "Kylie Jenner Files to Trademark 'Rise and Shine' Cosmetics and Fashion, Home Decor," 23 Oct. 2019 Each of you takes turns lip-syncing a popular song. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "More than an iPad: Realistic kid activities during coronavirus quarantine," 13 Mar. 2020 Use lip balm with sunscreen as well, to protect your lips from the sun, wind, and cold. Harvard Health Letter,, "An older adult’s guide to exercising in cold weather," 16 Oct. 2019 Shadows and the glow from windows and bare bulbs impede lip reading, signing, and other visual forms of gab. Lisa A. Goldstein, Popular Science, "We built a better house for the 48 million Americans with hearing loss," 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 On Sunday, there were no such late miracles for Lee: Thomas and Lee both birdied the 18th, with Lee lipping out on his eagle putt to finish with a 69., "Danielle Kang shot a bogey-free 2-under-par 70 to win the Buick LPGA Shanghai for the second consecutive year Sunday with a tournament record 16-under-par 272. The 27-year-old American began the day one stroke behind compatriot Jessica Korda, who shot a final-round 72 to finish second at 15 under.," 21 Oct. 2019 Indiana State Police have remained notoriously tight-lipped when discussing details of the case. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'Down the Hill': HLN explores Delphi murders in new podcast," 5 Feb. 2020 Team officials are being tight-lipped about the announcement. Briana Rice,, "Florence Freedom baseball team announcing new name tonight. Could it be the Y'alls?," 21 Jan. 2020 Despite outside pressure, Trump might be better off being tight-lipped about the issue. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "When campaigning on healthcare, vagueness is the smart political move," 16 Jan. 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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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