\ 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

Last night, model Gigi Hadid and her rumored beau, Tyler Cameron, reportedly locked lips at the MTV VMAs after-party in New York City. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid and Tyler Cameron Flash Some PDA at the VMAs After-Party," 27 Aug. 2019 Xerxes is depicted as an androgyne sybarite, his brooding eyes rimmed with kohl, his lips, nose, and ears all pierced with rings linked by delicate golden chains. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 The symptoms can include tingling of the lips and tongue within minutes of eating a toxic shellfish. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 Both Turner and Jonas posted the same City of Light selfie, which showed the two about to lock lips in front of the Eiffel Tower. Vogue, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Are Gallivanting Around France Ahead of Their Star-Studded Wedding," 27 June 2019 Seventh Sense uses cannabidiol in lotions, body wash, lip balms and other products. Bob Bong, Daily Southtown, "Comings & Goings: U.S. Bank closing local branches," 10 June 2019 Aesop Dapper Gentleman Grooming Kit with face cleanser, hydrating cream, shaving serum, spray-on moisturizer and lip balm to freshen up tired skin after a round of meetings; $150, exclusively at Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Father's Day Gift Guide: Top Choices for Execs, Stars, Agents, Writers and Directors," 7 June 2019 Justin and Hailey don't just share their love by locking lips in public though. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Justin Bieber Reveals His Ridiculously Cute Nickname for Hailey Baldwin," 10 Nov. 2018 With those large Phylicia Rashad-like eyes and pouty lips, the comedian is cute even dressed as Steve Harvey. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "The Cast Of ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Is True Beauty Squad Goals," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The Kiss and Tell lip crayon set offers five different shades — including a caramel nude, poppy pink, and a subtle mauve — in the It's Balm formulation. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Exclusive: Your First Look at the Gorgeous Julep 2018 Holiday Collection," 18 Sep. 2018 Just to put that in perspective, most Kylie Cosmetics lip kits are priced at $30, which translates to roughly 1,518 sold every two hours to bring in that kind of cash. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Makes More Money in Two Hours Than Most Americans Do in a Year," 8 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Fifty women shuffle in their seats, digging into their handbags for mascara and lip gloss and combs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 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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