From Middle English lid, lyd, from Old English hlid, from Proto-Germanic *hlidą (compare Dutch lid, German Lid (“eyelid”), Swedish lid (“gate”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlíto (“post, trimmed log”) (compare Old Norse hlíð (“slope”), Welsh clwyd (“gate, hurdle”), Latin clitellae (“pack saddle”), Lithuanian šlìtė (“ladder”), pã-šlitas (“curved”), Russian калитка (kalitka, “gate”), Ancient Greek ἄκλιτος (áklitos, “stable”), δικλίς (diklís, “double-posted (doors, gates)”), Yazghulami xad 'ladder', Sanskrit श्रित (śrita, “standing on, lying on, being on, fixed on, situated in”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (“to lean”). More at lean.
lid (plural lids)
- The top or cover of a container.
- (slang) A cap or hat.
- (slang) One ounce of cannabis.
- (surfing, slang, chiefly Australia) A bodyboard or bodyboarder.
- (slang) A motorcyclist's crash helmet.
- (slang) In amateur radio, an incompetent operator.
- Clipping of eyelid.
- (microelectronics) A hermetically sealed top piece on a microchip such as the integrated heat spreader on a CPU.
lid (third-person singular simple present lids, present participle lidding, simple past and past participle lidded)
- To put a lid on something.