\ 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 out the 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


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


part of the ritual of the awards ceremony is the nominee's lip praise for the performances of his or her competitors


the waves, reflecting the red glow of the sunset, gently lipped the prow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And, of course, no off-duty look is complete without a hydrating lip balm and flesh-tone lipstick. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jourdan Dunn Reveals the Secrets Behind Her Model Off-Duty Glow," 16 Sep. 2019 Scarpelli and Tornabene said their departments made lip-syncing videos as a way to show their respective communities a lighter side of police officers. Jennifer Johnson,, "Skokie, Niles police turn lip-sync challenge into national fame," 12 Sep. 2019 The entire first act is a party, starting with the pre-show theatrics (two chorus girls do an impressive sword-swallowing act on the lip of the stage, which extends over the heads of the first three rows of the audience). Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Hottest New Show on Broadway Is . . .," 30 Aug. 2019 In 2018, a Chinese tech company, ByteDance, acquired and merged it with its own lip-synching app, known as Douyin. Starrene Rhett Rocque, Teen Vogue, "The History of TikTok," 29 Aug. 2019 All three shades are endowed with Tatcha's signature Hadasei-3, a trio of Japanese superfoods that seal in moisture for plump youthful skin, helping them slick on like a creamy dream to keep your lips enviably lush. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Tatcha Is Celebrating National Lipstick Day With Free Minis of Its Famous Silk Lipstick," 26 July 2019 Some managers may opt to keep their lips tight on such speculation, but Carlo Ancelotti is not just some manager., "Carlo Ancelotti Reiterates Napoli Interest in James Rodriguez as Atletico President Discusses Deal," 26 July 2019 Fiers took the mound Saturday with a most unusual look, a big swoosh of facial hair running from the right side of his face and then curling up around his lip — with no beard along the left side, just a big curlicue. Susan Slusser,, "Fiers exits with an injury, but A’s use four homers to top Texas," 14 Sep. 2019 For example, in the Jon Snow video, his lips don’t perfectly match the speech. David Singer, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Can (and Can’t) Fight Back Against Deepfake Videos (Guest Column)," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Videos of police officers lip-syncing and dancing around their respective stations earned two suburban departments national recognition as part of a television network special this week. Jennifer Johnson,, "Skokie, Niles police turn lip-sync challenge into national fame," 12 Sep. 2019 One veteran who completed the program wants to start a honey mustard business; another wants to make lip balms using bee wax. Washington Post, "Veterans with PTSD, anxiety turn to beekeeping for relief," 11 Sep. 2019 But in the West, fame has long been the explicit endgame for warriors and lip gloss magnates alike. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Elusive Price—and Prize—of Fame on the Internet," 20 Aug. 2019 Is the Best Liner In addition to using a lip liner, trace a light coating of a dry concealer (Matin recommends the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage) around the outside of your lips to keep your lip line crisp. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The 10 Best Lipstick Tips Ever. Period.," 2 Aug. 2019 Much of the app’s popularity in the beginning could be attributed to its hashtag challenges, in which users film themselves lip-syncing or dancing to short audio clips about trending hashtags. Dami Lee, The Verge, "TikTok turns one: its first 12 months, as told through TikToks," 2 Aug. 2019 Drag used to be very live-performance heavy, and the pendulum has just swung towards lip sync right now. Matthew J. Palm,, "Gilda Wabbit: Drag-queen opera singer to light up Parliament House | 5 Questions With ...," 1 Aug. 2019 Douyin drew criticism for mimicking features of, an app founded by two entrepreneurs in Shanghai in 2014 and popular in the U.S. that featured young people lip-syncing and dancing to music. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "TikTok’s Videos Are Goofy. Its Strategy to Dominate Social Media Is Serious.," 29 June 2019 While Kylie recently made headlines for reaching billionaire status partly thanks to those lip kits in your makeup bag, Travis has been busy making dollars of his own. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Travis Scott's Net Worth Is Absolutely Insane," 3 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

TikTok allows its users to lip-sync to popular songs and scenes from movies, and the possibilities for creatively presenting such content are endless. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Indians are going too far for thrilling TikTok videos that can go viral," 21 Aug. 2019 Squish is launching with three hero products: Cherry eye and cheek masks, flower power acne patches, and jelly lip gloss. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Charli Howard Just Launched A Beauty Brand And It's So Good," 2 Aug. 2019 The sheriff's office is being tight-lipped about the cause of death. Sheila Vilvens,, "Clermont Sheriff ID's man whose body was found face down in ditch," 3 July 2019 Standing tight-lipped during the anthem is essentially a compromise, but the image continues to look rebellious. Jerry Brewer,, "Megan Rapinoe isn’t here to make you comfortable," 26 June 2019 Spieth lipped out a two-foot putt on No. 4, missing a chance to move to 2-under. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Spieth’s body language, and his snowman, tell the story of his miserable day at the Travelers Championship," 21 June 2019 The university is also notoriously tight-lipped about personnel matters. New York Times, "Caught Up in the College Admissions Scandal: Stanford’s Boathouse," 17 July 2019 One from Pinoe herself, tight-lipped through The Star-Spangled Banner as her continued protest against injustices in the American justice system, particularly against the black community., "Megan Rapinoe Serene, Supreme in Guiding USWNT to Quarter-Final Win Over World Cup Hosts," 28 June 2019 With everything from sky high lash extensions to nail and lip lacquers, there’s not only a variety of ways to show off your pride this month (and year-round), but these beauty products give back. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "10 Beauty Products That Celebrate Pride Month And Give Back," 11 June 2019

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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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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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