• To touch or grasp with the lips; to kiss; to lap the lips against (something).
  • (of something inanimate) To touch lightly.
  • To wash against a surface, lap.
  • To rise or flow up to or over the edge of something.
  • To form the rim, edge or margin of something.
  • To utter verbally.
  • To simulate speech by moving the lips without making any sound; to mouth.
  • To make a golf ball hit the lip of the cup, without dropping in.
  • To change the sound of (a musical note played on a wind instrument) by moving or tensing the lips.


  • From Middle English lippe, from Old English lippa, lippe, from Proto-West Germanic *lippjō ("lip"), from Proto-Germanic *lepô, from Proto-Indo-European *leb- ("to hang loosely, droop, sag"). Cognate with West Frisian lippe ("lip"), Dutch lip ("lip"), German Lippe and Lefze, Swedish läpp ("lip"), Norwegian leppe ("lip"), Latin labium ("lip").

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