\ 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 lip- (audio) \ adjective
liplike \ ˈlip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lip- (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 This nourishing lip gloss is seriously worth every penny. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "10 Best Glossier Products of 2021," 21 Apr. 2021 That’s the case with this lip gloss, which gives you the appearance of a plumper pout. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, "This Weekend Is Your Last Chance To Shop Sephora’s Spring Sale—Here’s What To Buy," 17 Apr. 2021 Four minutes into the second quarter, their rotation got even thinner when backup center DeMarcus Cousins was hit in the mouth by Jaren Jackson’s left elbow and suffered a lacerated lip. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Short-handed Clippers defeat Grizzlies," 22 Apr. 2021 Ilia’s Lip Wrap Hydrating Mask, a clear emollient lip balm, and the Blue Light Mist, a refreshing spray that provides soothing hydration. Teddy Minford, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Clean Beauty Brand Simplified My Travel Makeup Routine," 22 Apr. 2021 The hydrating lip balm is packed with natural moisturizers to nourish dry lips and skin. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "10 Best Glossier Products of 2021," 21 Apr. 2021 Masks can hinder people from aiding their hearing using lip reading. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Signia Reveals Hearing Aids With Wireless Earbud Technology And Artificial Intelligence," 21 Apr. 2021 Then, to get the replacement piece to mate with pieces on either side, the bottom lip on the groove side would have been cut away, so the piece would lie flat after the edge with the tongue was angled down into the adjoining piece’s groove. Washington Post, "What to do about splitting floorboards in an old home," 19 Apr. 2021 Sam always had a lip full of Silver Creek (dipping tobacco). al, "Older brother of Rick Bragg dies; a working man with a touch of poetry," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Lip Bar is joining the lot with its first-ever, non-lip product, a bronzer-blush duo called Fresh Glow. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "The Lip Bar Launches Fresh Glow Bronzer-Blush Duos for Every Skin Tone," 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, "Why My Lips Felt So Dry After Getting Filler," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Adding to the drama of their crimson gowns, Amanda Seyfried wore a monochrome burgundy eye and lip combination, while Angela Bassett smoked out her gaze in an electric purple eyeshadow. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From the Oscars 2021," 25 Apr. 2021 Those videos online of cops lip synching or anything with humor shows the police are not all scary all the time. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Orlando social media stars: Florida sheriffs find viral fame, but methods not without critics," 19 Apr. 2021 The Patagonia R3, for example, my favorite fleece for skiing inbounds, has hand pockets and a chest pocket, which are great for storing snacks and lip balm. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "The Best Fleeces for Women," 12 Apr. 2021 Designer and shop owner Alijhae West offers gorgeous art in the form of prints, t-shirts, notebooks, stickers, lip balm, and more. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "14 amazing women-owned shops you can find on Etsy," 2 Mar. 2021 His app is limited to deepfake animations from a curated collection of music videos with head and lip movements recorded by actors. Washington Post, "Anyone with an iPhone can now make deepfakes. We aren’t ready for what happens next.," 25 Mar. 2021 Every season, the queens are asked to dazzle with their fashion, to impersonate their favorite celebrities, to show off their vocals and, of course, to lip sync (for life, legacy or for the crown). Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Every Rusical from 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' Ranked Worst to Best," 18 Feb. 2021 But this moisturizer from Belif, serum from the Ordinary, and lip mask from Laneige have all been favorites, particularly for combatting dry skin in the winter. Travel + Leisure, "I’m a Shopping Editor, and These Are the Best Purchases I’ve Made Over the Past Year," 18 Mar. 2021 Made locally in Los Angeles, the solid brass, sculptural golden bauble features a flat plane canvas with two wells for housing nail polish, eyelash glue, or various eye and lip pigments based on your beauty needs. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Nail Art Palette Ring Has Become an Instagram Sensation," 24 Feb. 2021

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

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7 May 2021

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“Lip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 lip (audio) \ adjective

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