[flip] /flɪp/

adjective, flipper, flippest. Informal.
flippant; pert.
verb flips, flipping, flipped
to throw (something light or small) carelessly or briskly; toss: he flipped me an envelope
to throw or flick (an object such as a coin) so that it turns or spins in the air
to propel by a sudden movement of the finger; flick: to flip a crumb across the room
(foll by through) to read or look at (a book, newspaper, etc) quickly, idly, or incompletely
(intransitive) (of small objects) to move or bounce jerkily
(intransitive) to make a snapping movement or noise with the finger and thumb
(intransitive) (slang) to fly into a rage or an emotional outburst (also in the phrases flip one’s lid, flip one’s top, flip out)
(intransitive) (slang) to become ecstatic or very excited: he flipped over the jazz group
a snap or tap, usually with the fingers
a rapid jerk
a somersault, esp one performed in the air, as in a dive, rather than from a standing position
same as nog1 (sense 1)
(informal) impertinent, flippant, or pert

1590s (1520s in flip-flop), imitative or else a contraction of fillip (q.v.), which also is held to be imitative. Sense of “get excited” is first recorded 1950; flip one’s lid “lose one’s head, go wild” is from 1950. For flip (adj.) “glib,” see flippant. Meaning “to flip a coin” (to decide something) is by 1879. As a noun by 1690s. Related: Flipped. Flipping (adj.) as euphemism for fucking is British slang first recorded 1911 in D.H. Lawrence. Flip side (of a gramophone record) is by 1949.

sailors’ hot drink usually containing beer, brandy and sugar, 1690s, from flip (v.); so called from notion of it being “whipped up” or beaten.


Flippant; impudent; cheeky: Mr Lawrence is flip and easy/ Someone else thought he was too flip at press conferences (1847+)


Something that causes hilarity or pleasure: The big flip of the year is Peter Arno’s book of cartoons (1950+)



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