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a. Either of two fleshy structures that surround the opening of the mouth in humans and other mammals.
b. In humans, the smooth brownish to reddish border of the lip.
2. A structure or part that encircles or bounds an orifice, as:
a. Anatomy A labium.
b. The margin of flesh around a wound.
c. Either of the margins of the aperture of a gastropod shell.
d. A rim, as of a vessel, bell, or crater.
3. Botany One of the two divisions of a bilabiate corolla or calyx, as in the snapdragon, or the modified median petal of an orchid flower.
4. The tip of a pouring spout, as on a pitcher.
5. Slang Insolent talk.
tr.v. lipped, lip·ping, lips
a. To touch the lips to.
b. To kiss.
2. To utter.
3. To lap or splash against.
4. Sports To hit a golf ball so that it touches the edge of (the hole) without dropping in.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See Also: MOUTH
- An upper lip shaped like a circumflex accent —Eric Ambler Drew her lips into a thin wiggly line like fish bait —Sharon Sheehe Stark
- Full lips like a French movie star —Ira Wood
- Her lips glistened as if she’d just eaten a pound of vaseline —Sarah Bird
- Her lips looked … delicious, as though if you bit them it would be like biting into a sweetmeat, one of those candies which are filled with a pleasant warming liquid —Ben Ames Williams
- His lips, like those of all men who work, were puckered up like a bag with the string drawn tight —Honoré de Balzac
- His lips were tightened in a thin line, as if he had them sewn together to keep from vomiting —Robert J. Serling
- His lips were too red, as if he had a hangover —Louise Erdrich
- His long lips tightened, as if he sought to conquer pain —Frank Swinnerton
- Lips always compressed as if to keep back a swarm of curses —George Garrett
- Lips as bloodless as lips of the slain —John Greenleaf Whittier
- Lips … as glossy as ripe cherries —Anton Chekhov
- Lips delicate as peach-toned porcelain —Jayne Anne Phillips
- Lips … drawn in a tight line like the lips of a child not quite ready to take a dose of bad-tasting medicine —George Garrett
- Lips … dry and faint as her tea leaves —Shirley Ann Grau
- Lips full as thighs —Lyn Lifshin
- Lips like a thread of scarlet —The Holy Bible/Song of Solomon
- Lips like lilies —The Holy Bible/Song of Solomon
- Lips … like pale velvet —Jimmy Sangster
- Lips like sausages —John D. MacDonald
- Lips … like the petals of a red flower —Oscar Wilde
- Lips like wet cherries —Virginia Woolf
- Lips moved noisily, smacking like a three-day thirst —Sharon Sheehe Stark
- Lips … red as two buds —Louise Erdrich
- Lips … set in exasperation, as if she had just been about to say something and found out her voice was snatched in death —Louise Erdrich
- Lips … shining like rain on night streets —Jayne Anne Phillips
- Lips that, like a ventriloquist’s, scarcely stirred —Katherine Bush
- Lips that looked as if she were permanently whistling —Mike Fredman
- Lips that shine wetly, just like a Cosmo girl —George Garrett
- Lips that stand out from his skin like two thick weals —Aldous Huxley
- Lips tighter than any knot —Tim O’Brien
- Lips trembling like elastic stretched too taut —George Garrett
- A long blue upper lip, like a priest —Joyce Cary
- The muscles of her chapped lips were broken and loose like the snap of an old purse —Gerald Kersh
- Pursed his lips as if he were just before receiving a terrible blow —Richard Ford
- Set her lips as though she would never speak again —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
- Sharp-pointed lips stretched out like a slingshot —Bobbie Ann Mason
- She kept closing her lips over her teeth and then pursing her lips, so that she looked as though she were going to give somebody a little goodbye kiss —Maeve Brennan
- Thick lips … like lozenges of hard rubber —Jonathan Valin
- Thin lips fitted tightly together, as though they were parts of a very well-made piece of furniture —Aldous Huxley
- An upper lip that twiched softly, like a cow’s in a fly-ridden summer —Penelope Gilliatt
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.