From Middle English lippe, from Old English lippa, lippe (“lip”), from Proto-Germanic *lipjô (“lip”), from Proto-Indo-European *leb- (“to hang loosely, droop, sag”). Cognate with West Frisian lippe (“lip”), Dutch lip (“lip”), German Lippe and Lefze (“lip”), Swedish läpp (“lip”), Norwegian leppe (“lip”), Latin labium (“lip”).
lip (countable and uncountable, plural lips)
- (countable) Either of the two fleshy protrusions around the opening of the mouth.
- (countable) A part of the body that resembles a lip, such as the edge of a wound or the labia.
- (by extension, countable) The projecting rim of an open container; a short open spout.
- (slang, uncountable) Backtalk; verbal impertinence.
- The edge of a high spot of land.
- The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.
- (botany) One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla.
- (botany) The distinctive petal of the Orchis family.
- (zoology) One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell.
- (music, colloquial) Embouchure: the condition or strength of a wind instrumentalist's lips.
lip (third-person singular simple present lips, present participle lipping, simple past and past participle lipped)
- (transitive) To touch or grasp with the lips; to kiss; to lap the lips against (something).
- (transitive, figuratively) (of something inanimate) To touch lightly.
- (intransitive, transitive) To wash against a surface, lap.
- (intransitive) To rise or flow up to or over the edge of something.
- (transitive) To form the rim, edge or margin of something.
- (transitive) To utter verbally.
- (transitive) To simulate speech by moving the lips without making any sound; to mouth.
- (sports) To make a golf ball hit the lip of the cup, without dropping in.
- (transitive, music) To change the sound of (a musical note played on a wind instrument) by moving or tensing the lips.