Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An old Scotch dry measure, the fourth part of a peck: same as forpet.
  • Full of lip (see lip, n., 3); impertinent and voluble in speech; saucy.

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  • adjective informal Talking back, in a cheeky manner.
  • noun colloquial lipstick
  • noun colloquial lip gloss

Etymologies

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lip +‎ -y

Examples

  • Who cares whether the girl was "lippy," or that she may have referred to the officers as "fat pigs."

    Norm Stamper: Police Brutality: Deal With It

  • Everyone knows that as prudent people we ordinarily should not get "lippy" with a police officer, but Professor Gates is not guilty of violating that maxim.

    Harvey Grossman: A Matter of No Middle Ground

  • Now, although Mr. and Mr. Bjornstam are hard-working and prosperous, they are still shunned, partly because of their foreignness and low class but mostly because the agnostic Miles has been "lippy" about the greatest nation in the country and the most perfect of its Main Streets.

    The Romance of Sinclair Lewis

  • A recent profile in Sports Illustrated revealed him to have been a teenage handful, the kind of lippy kid who spoke before he thought and acted like he was the best thing that had ever happened to American "soccer".

    The Guardian World News

  • A recent profile in Sports Illustrated revealed him to have been a teenage handful, the kind of lippy kid who spoke before he thought and acted like he was the best thing that had ever happened to American "soccer".

    Football news, match reports and fixtures | guardian.co.uk

  • Everyone knows that as prudent people we ordinarily should not get "lippy" with a police officer, but Professor Gates is not guilty of violating that maxim.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Who cares whether the girl was "lippy," or that she may have referred to the officers as

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Everyone knows that as prudent people we ordinarily should not get "lippy" with a police officer, but Professor Gates is not guilty of violating that maxim.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • a "lippy" of shortbread and a "brew" of toddy; but open Bibles lay on the table, and the eyes of each were on his neighbours to catch them transgressing, and offer up a prayer for them on the spot.

    Auld Licht Idylls

  • a rule, of a "lippy" of short bread and a "brew" of toddy; but open

    Auld Licht Idyls

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