- lip [ lıp ] noun ***1. ) count one of the two edges that form the top and bottom parts of your mouth:His thin red lips stretched into a smile.2. ) count the place on the edge of a glass or container where you pour out liquid:Careful, the lip of the coffee pot is broken.a ) the edge of a high piece of land:We walked up to the lip of the canyon.3. ) uncount INFORMAL a way of speaking to someone that shows you do not respect them:give someone lip: Don't give me any more of your lip, Sara!button/zip your lip SPOKENused for rudely telling someone to not say anythingmy lips are sealed SPOKENused for saying that you will not tell a secret to anyone elseon everyone's lipsif something is on everyone's lips, a lot of people are talking about it:The company's name has been on everyone's lips.pay lip service to somethingto say publicly that you agree with an idea, but not do anything to support itread/watch my lips SPOKENused for telling someone to listen very carefully to what you are saying:Right Joe, read my lips go to bed now.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.