Definition of lippy in US English:



  • Insolent or impertinent.

    ‘when I protested he accused me of being lippy’
    • ‘Those not directly engaged by his tricks and nudges and lippy asides can enjoy a master of the midfield mind games, a proven winner in the wind-up wars.’
    • ‘Yet there is another Rooney, who is lippy and arrogant, and who can't seem to keep a lid on his temper.’
    • ‘Bolton is a town with a great history and a lot going for it, but we need to be known for more than the Industrial Revolution and a few lippy television presenters.’
    • ‘The lippy critic, who constantly tips Wanderers to be relegated from the Premiership, accepted the charity challenge to shave off his trademark moustache if Sam Allardyce's team survive the drop.’
    • ‘They'd rather get second-hand info about the finances than have to talk to the lippy accountant.’
    • ‘She's lippy and rude, and she's obsessed with breaking all my rules.’
    • ‘Her coquettish verve and her lippy song material will make the gals share a laugh and leave the ducktail set absolutely spellbound.’
    • ‘Pete was a lippy Scouser taken on when we were desperate and/or temporarily insane.’
    • ‘Culkin grounds the movie in Igby, a lippy punk with a mean streak who you can't help but like because, well, he tells it like it is.’
    • ‘When Francesca's dad advises her that the only way to deal with a lippy classmate is to ‘give her a slap’, the obedient daughter obliges.’
    • ‘As well, since I noticed in Grade 5 that almost every lippy woman in literature is eventually clotheslined by fate, I wasn't too surprised when the wife in this play was struck by terminal cancer.’
    • ‘Let's take her words as proof that there's a creative itch hidden somewhere, anxious to pester her back into the lippy limelight in which she glowed in the first place.’
    • ‘They have gone from being lippy underdogs to tubby overlords in less than a decade and are now part of the establishment to which they once posed a potent challenge.’
    • ‘Besides if people get lippy you can always mention that it is a ‘radical adaptation’.’
    • ‘If you fancy a duel of words with a lippy French barman while he mixes you something long and cool, then this is the place to unsheathe your rapier wit.’
    • ‘In a provincial war office, a young woman, Eve, placidly attacks her work (she is a coder), her days enlivened by the gossip of her female colleagues and the joshing of the Big Bad Wolves, a couple of lippy sergeants.’
    • ‘The lippy critic was given a ‘put up or shut up ultimatum’ by four fans who appeared on BBC 1's Football Focus earlier in the season.’
    • ‘After the caning they took in the first two Tests, England were badly in need of a lippy bowler with plenty of menace and Kirby would have fitted the bill.’
    • ‘They're getting really lippy these days, aren't they?’
    • ‘It's not happening for the lippy Welshman at all tonight.’
    rude, bad-mannered, ill-mannered, unmannerly, discourteous, uncivil, disrespectful, inconsiderate, boorish, churlish, ill-bred, ungentlemanly, unladylike, ungracious, ungallant
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  • Lipstick.

    ‘she applied some red lippy’
    • ‘When it comes to makeover shows, it used to be a new frock or a lighter shade of lippy would suffice.’
    • ‘A girl also needs peace to reapply her lippy, regroup and prepare for the next merciless assault on some feckless tippler.’
    • ‘You may even find, as I have, that one of these five is a stubby little bit of lippy that dates back to the thirteenth-century, or at any rate, back to your mid-twenties.’
    • ‘Forget the girl wearing PVC with a whip and red lippy.’
    • ‘Either way, this creamy, moisturising lippie provides a boost of caffeine every time you lick your lips.’
    • ‘She confesses to applying a little lippie, mascara and some blusher in winter.’
    • ‘He looks like a drag queen between performances - like he's got a wig and lippy to put back on.’
    • ‘With so much to talk about and yet so much to avoid, it seems prudent to pack lippy as a peace offering.’
    • ‘You don't have the luxury of a shower every day but that doesn't bother me - as long as I've got my lippie.’
    • ‘But be prepared to reapply your lippy every five seconds - these glosses taste seriously good.’
    • ‘This lippie is also packed with menthol, passion flower and jojoba oil, leaving my kisser luxuriously moist and poutworthy.’
    • ‘She played a woman physically allergic to shirts with sleeves, but terminally addicted to acid shades of lippie that clashed dreadfully with her chosen hair dye.’
    • ‘In the toilet I find 34-year-old nurse Mandy putting on her lippy.’
    • ‘You can't be bothered to jostle for a shard of mirror space in which to reapply your lippy, and even if you decide to fight your way through to the chalk-face you find the lighting is so dim that you end up glossing your chin.’
    • ‘She fiddles with the child safety cap on one, releases it and pops two pills the size of giant mutant rabbit droppings between lips still smudged with red lippie.’
    • ‘She also raced in blouses with bows on the sleeves and she always had a powder compact and her lippy at the ready.’
    • ‘One in three women are Mismatched Mandys who, while they might search high and low for matching handbags, shoes and lippy, pay less care and attention to what they wear closest to their hearts (and other parts of their anatomy).’
    • ‘It would have done the job for Matt, leaving Harriet to handle the passports and lippy - in a hide-away pouch.’
    • ‘The successful applicant needs to be quick on his/her feet in order to reapply mascara and lippy during breaks in play, and not too hung up on the fact that real blokes don't wear makeup.’
    • ‘But it took more than a bit of lippy to get the old girl back into tip-top shape.’