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Lip, n. Also: lip(p)e, lyp(p, leip. [ME. lip, lyppe, lippe, OE. lippa.]

1. The lip of a person or animal. Commonly with reference to the use of the lips for eating and drinking, speaking, kissing, etc., in special phrases, and in proverbs (for which see also Latuce n. b). To lick one's lip(s), see Lik v. (1) Na ȝet thi lyppis suld nocht be Opnyt to pray the Trinite; Leg. S. xxxv. 147.
His lyppis honorys sciens ay; Thewis Wysmen 85.
His lyppys round, his noys was squar and tret; Wall. ix. 1928.
For luve of hir lawchand lippis; Gyre-carling 6.
O morall Gower [etc.] … Your sugurit lippis and tongis aureate [etc.]; Dunb. G. Targe 263.
For lachtter nain mycht hald thair lippis; Id. liii. 39 (M).
My ladye with the mekle lippis; Id. liv. 5, 10, etc.
To the draucht trumpet that hed ane sair lip; 1507–8 Treas. Acc. IV. 102.
I hald my tung for schame, bytand my lyp; Doug. i. Prol. 252.
The roys knoppis … Gan … kyth thar vermel lippis red; Ib. xii. Prol. 124.
And sum men has thair nether lipe samekle that it coweris thair face fra the son; Asl. MS. I. 169/25.
Twa lusty lippis to lik ane laidill; Jok & Jynny 55.
Our lippis may lie; G. Ball. 88.
(b) A black mear with a whyt leip; 1697 Old Lore Misc. IX. i. 48.
(2) transf. Keillie lippis, kis my hippis; Polwart Flyt. 809 (T).
Sweete sleeked lippes; Rollock 1 Thess. 343 (J).
(3) proverbs Gif thou continue sa quhill thy lyfe be in thy lip, as we speik, quhill the last gasp; Rollock Wks. I. 393.
Gude kaill, fair teale, fair fall the lips that taled the teale; Carmichael Prov. No. 613.
Manie things fallis out betwene the cap and the over lip; Ib. No. 1170;
Binning Wks. 394.

2. transf. a. The lip or rim of a vessel or the like. Also plur. (in sing. sense). b. The edge or brim of a hat. Chiefly plur. (sometimes in sing. sense). a. (1) plur. Ane cowp of masar tre … circulit about the lippis vytht siluer; 1553 Carte Northberwic 68.
The ring-straik of the said firlot [to have] … fyve impressions of the letter L. vpon the lippes thereof; 1618 Acts IV. 586/2.
(2) sing. That ilk mesour haif ane tapoun an inche beneith the lip; 1554–5 Soc. Ant. LXXII. 227.
1573–4 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. .
Ane blak cop with siluer about the lip; 1578 Edinb. Test. VI. 232.
1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 381.
Be the gift of the lip of the salt pan earth and stane of the tenement; 1596 Dysart Rec. 45.
1606 Edinb. Test. XLI. 114 b; etc.
b. (1) plur. Ane blak bonet … with silkin laissis drawin throw the lippis thairof; 1576 Crim. Trials I. ii. 51.
xj dosane of pasmentis to lippis of hattis; 1578 Edinb. Test. VI. 84.
1583 Ib. XIII. 107;
1586 Ib. XV. 64 b.
To browder the hat about the lippis tua hankis … siluir … and gold; 1601 Treas. Acc. MS. 141 b.
Mr. Alexander Montgomerie … shott him throw the lippes of his bonnett; 1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 353.
The gentleman had lately gotten a hat in the fashion with broad lipps; Sinclair Satan's Invisible World 88.
(2) sing. Half ane dissone of hattis with the border about the lyp; 1586 Edinb. Test. XVI. 147.

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