Definition of lip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪp//
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  1. 1   [countable] either of the two soft edges at the opening to the mouth The assistant pursed her lips. your upper/lower/top/bottom lip She kissed him on the lips. Not a drop of alcohol passed my lips (= I didn't drink any). CollocationsPhysical appearance A person may be described as having:Eyes (bright) blue/​green/(dark/​light) brown/​hazel eyes deep-set/​sunken/​bulging/​protruding eyes small/​beady/​sparkling/​twinkling/(informal) shifty eyes piercing/​penetrating/​steely eyes bloodshot/​watery/​puffy eyes bushy/​thick/​dark/​raised/​arched eyebrows long/​dark/​thick/​curly/​false eyelashes/​lashesFace a flat/​bulbous/​pointed/​sharp/​snub nose a straight/​a hooked/​a Roman/(formal) an aquiline nose full/​thick/​thin/​pouty lips dry/​chapped/​cracked lips flushed/​rosy/​red/​ruddy/​pale cheeks soft/​chubby/​sunken cheeks white/​perfect/​crooked/​protruding teeth a large/​high/​broad/​wide/​sloping forehead a strong/​weak/​pointed/​double chin a long/​full/​bushy/​wispy/​goatee beard a long/​thin/​bushy/​droopy/​handlebar/​pencil moustache/ (especially US English) mustacheHair and skin pale/​fair/​olive/​dark/​tanned skin dry/​oily/​smooth/​rough/​leathery/​wrinkled skin a dark/​pale/​light/​sallow/​ruddy/​olive/​swarthy/​clear complexion deep/​fine/​little/​facial wrinkles blonde/​blond/​fair/(light/​dark) brown/(jet-)black/​auburn/​red/(British English) ginger/​grey hair straight/​curly/​wavy/​frizzy/​spiky hair thick/​thin/​fine/​bushy/​thinning hair dyed/​bleached/​soft/​silky/​dry/​greasy/​shiny hair long/​short/​shoulder-length/​cropped hair a bald/​balding/​shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/​spot a side/​centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/​short/​thick/​slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/​narrow/​sloping/​rounded/​hunched shoulders a bare/​broad/​muscular/​small/​large chest a flat/​swollen/​bulging stomach a small/​tiny/​narrow/​slim/​slender/28-inch waist big/​wide/​narrow/​slim hips a straight/​bent/​arched/​broad/​hairy back thin/​slender/​muscular arms big/​large/​small/​manicured/​calloused/​gloved hands long/​short/​fat/​slender/​delicate/​bony fingers long/​muscular/​hairy/​shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/​spindly legs muscular/​chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/​little/​small/​dainty/​wide/​narrow/​bare feet a good/​a slim/​a slender/​an hourglass figure be of slim/​medium/​average/​large/​athletic/​stocky build See related entries: Face
  2. 2-lipped (in adjectives) having the type of lips mentioned thin-lipped thick-lipped see also tight-lipped
  3. 3[countable] lip (of something) the edge of a container or a hollow place in the ground synonym rim He ran his finger around the lip of the cup. Lava bubbled a few feet below the lip of the crater.
  4. 4[uncountable] (informal) words spoken to somebody that are rude and show a lack of respect for that person synonym cheek Don't let him give you any lip! I’ve just about had enough of your lip!
  5. Word OriginOld English lippa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lip and German Lippe, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin labia, labra ‘lips’.Extra examples He bit his lip nervously, trying not to cry. He has a split lip and his eye is swelling. He licked his lips hungrily. He nervously moistened his lips with his tongue. He parted his lips to say something. He raised his eyebrow, and his lips quirked. Her lips parted with a cry of fear. Her lips pursed in amusement. His lips brushed her cheek. His lips curled contemptuously. His lips curved into a smile. Renée’s lips twitched with amusement. She had a fat lip and a black eye. She has full, pouty lips. She licked her parched lips. She pursed her lips in disapproval. She smiled and then kissed his lips. She wiped her lips with the back of her hand. The firm lips pouted in a sulk. Their lips met and the kiss was soft. There was a slight smile on her lips. a cigarette between his lips babies born with a cleft lipIdioms to stop yourself from saying something or from showing an emotion
    1. 1to move your tongue over your lips, especially before eating something good
    2. 2(informal) to show that you are excited about something and want it to happen soon They were licking their lips at the thought of clinching the deal. See related entries: Excitement
    used to say that you will not repeat somebody’s secret to other people
    1. 1if words do not pass your lips, you say nothing
    2. 2if food or drink does not pass your lips, you eat or drink nothing
    if something is on everyone’s lips, they are all talking about it (informal) used to tell somebody to listen carefully to what you are saying Read my lips: no new taxes (= I promise there will be no new taxes).
    (keep) a stiff upper lip
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    to keep calm and hide your feelings when you are in pain or in a difficult situation He was taught to keep a stiff upper lip and never to cry in public. Their reaction contrasts sharply with the stiff upper lip of the English.
    there’s many a slip ’twixt cup and lip
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    (saying) nothing is completely certain until it really happens because things can easily go wrong
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lip