lip

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noun

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
3
a
: a fleshy edge or margin (as of a wound)
b
: labium
d
: a limb of a labiate corolla
4
a
: 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)
5
lipless adjective
liplike adjective

lip

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adjective

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

lip

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verb

lipped; lipping

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

lip-

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combining form

variants or lipo-
: fat : fatty tissue : fatty
lipoid
lipoprotein

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Some ingredients found in certain lip balms can make dry lips worse. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 20 Feb. 2024 The lip balm coats the lips without leaving a sticky residue. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Margot Robbie also showed off a tonal rose look, wearing a dusty pink on her cheeks and eyes, alongside a nude lip. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 18 Feb. 2024 Here is a performer with a strong face: sleepy eyes, scarred upper lip, mouth that curls into a snarl, prominent forehead. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 This two-in-one blush and lip color has got your back. Micaela Arnett, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 And then Willis pursed her lips, blinked a few times and that was that. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Other shots show Olympia and Serena pursing their lips and sweetly smiling, with the mom of two adding a video of her daughter hiding behind a giant pillow. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Play on the biker theme with a white ribbed top and black leather skinny jeans, with red lips serving as your sole accessory. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2024
Adjective
What are lip flip side effects and risks? Unlike with traditional lip fillers, lip flip treatments have minimal side effects and no major downtime. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 6 Nov. 2023 The pop of color offers a shimmer-free (rare!) means of warming up a wedding look and works equally well at lip level. 35. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2023 From hydrating serums to the latest in lip colors, these are the fall beauty essentials that deserve a spot in your cart. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2023 When overused, lip plumper can cause cracking, drying, and even splitting of the lips. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023 The Lip Bar is joining the lot with its first-ever, non-lip product, a bronzer-blush duo called Fresh Glow. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 15 Sep. 2020 Turns out, post-lip augmentation dryness is a strange phenomenon that people don't seem to tell their dermatologists about. Devon Abelman, Allure, 10 Sep. 2020 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, 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, PEOPLE.com, 12 Dec. 2019
Verb
Her makeup, as always, was perfect, her lips a deep plum. Jenisha Watts, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2023 Greg Norman lips his putt on the PGA Championship’s second playoff hole, giving Paul Azinger the title and leaving Norman with an unprecedented career of Grand Slam playoff losses. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2023 Frequently Asked Questions How does lip plumper work? Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023 There were approach shots that fell short and putts that lipped out. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2023 Downes had just lipped out a short par putt on the previous hole, allowing Naumec, who made par, to tie the match after being 4-down earlier. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, 14 July 2023 This drugstore lip plumper, which offers a sparkly, sheer wash of color, is infused with menthol, which has a cooling and tingling effect. Lauren Dana Ellman, Allure, 18 June 2023 Despite dazzling wedge play with his third shot, a short putt soon enough lipped out for Clark’s second consecutive bogey. Alan Blinder, New York Times, 19 June 2023 Few putts here or there that lipped out that should have gone in. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 14 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1589, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lip was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lip. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

lip

1 of 2 noun
1
: either of the two fleshy folds that surround the mouth
2
3
a
: a fleshy edge or margin
lips of a wound
b
: a part or structure of a plant or animal that resembles a lip (as the protruding part of an orchid's corolla)
4
: the edge of a hollow container especially where it is slightly spread out
lipless adjective
liplike adjective

lip

2 of 2 adjective
: spoken with the lips only : not sincere
lip service

Medical Definition

lip

noun
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
liplike adjective

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