Meaning of FLIP in English


I. ˈflip verb

( flipped ; flip·ping )

Etymology: probably imitative

Date: circa 1567

transitive verb

1. : to toss so as to cause to turn over in the air

flip a coin

also : toss

flip me the ball

flip one end of the scarf over your shoulder


a. : to cause to turn and especially to turn over

flipped the car

flipping the pages of a book

b. : to move with a small quick motion

flip a switch

intransitive verb

1. : to make a twitching or flicking movement

the fish flipped and flopped on the deck

also : to change from one position to another and especially turn over

the car flipped

2. : leaf 2

flipped through the pages

3. slang

a. : to lose one's mind or composure — often used with out

b. : to become very enthusiastic

II. noun

Date: 1695

1. : a mixed drink usually consisting of a sweetened spiced liquor with beaten eggs

2. : an act or instance of flipping

3. : the motion used in flipping

4. : a somersault especially in the air

III. adjective

Date: 1823

: flippant , impertinent

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.