Definition of flipping in US English:



  • attributive Used for emphasis or to express mild annoyance.

    ‘are you out of your flipping mind?’
    • ‘If I had just been trying to be popular then I would have gone, and in a funny kind of way, maybe it was because of my flipping Catholic childhood belief that you have got to try, that I stayed.’
    • ‘I was jigging about on the cobble stone path, partly because I was excited at seeing my new house for the first time, but mainly because it was mid January and, quite frankly, flipping cold!’
    • ‘It's the flipping gold nugget at the end that we're fighting to achieve if we're all true with ourselves.’
    • ‘About 7 o'clock tonight, we had a whopping great thunderstorm with accompanying light show, and the flipping garage got flooded again!’
    • ‘What the flipping heck had he been doing with his time, then?’
    • ‘Wow, we almost passed out just then because of all the flipping excitement.’
    • ‘For the benefit of anyone reading this who is not from Yorkshire, we had some unexpected snow on Thursday and it's flipping freezing outside.’
    • ‘Well, we tried it and it worked a flipping treat.’
    • ‘Well, he had a flipping cuckoo clock of all things.’
    • ‘Neither of us could remember the flipping lines so for most of the film we were just looking at each other in total panic and terror going, ‘Is it you or me?’’
    • ‘He can keep this job; it's flipping exhausting.’
    • ‘By day Andy empties bins into a lorry, but by night he sings Whitney Houston songs like a flipping angel.’
    • ‘The scenery viewed from the mountain is fantastic and easily justified parting with sixteen pounds to get up there, it was however flipping freezing!’
    • ‘They will be able to tell you which farm their beef came from never mind the flipping country.’
    damned, damn, damnable, wretched, accursed, rotten, horrible
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Early 20th century: from flip + -ing.