Flip - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |flɪp|  American pronunciation of the word flip
Brit.  |flɪp|  British pronunciation of the word flip


- an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return (syn: somersault, somerset, summersault, summerset)
- hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg
- a sudden, quick movement
with a flip of the wrist
the fish flipped over
- the act of flipping a coin (syn: toss)
- a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water
- (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team (syn: pass, toss)


- lightly throw to see which side comes up (syn: toss)
I don't know what to do--I may as well flip a coin!
- cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation (syn: switch, throw)
- look through a book or other written material (syn: flick, leaf, riffle, thumb)
- toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air (syn: twitch)
- cause to move with a flick (syn: flick)
- throw or toss with a light motion (syn: pitch, sky, toss)
flip me the beachball
- move with a flick or light motion
- turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse (syn: turn over)
flip over the pork chop
- react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way
he flipped when he heard that he was accepted into Princeton University
- go mad, go crazy
He flipped when he heard that he was being laid off
- reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) (syn: alternate, interchange, switch, tack)


- marked by casual disrespect (syn: impudent, insolent, snotty-nosed)
a flip answer to serious question

Extra examples

She was sitting in the waiting room, flipping the pages of a magazine.

His car flipped over on the interstate.

She turned on the lights with the flip of a switch.

...made some flip comment about the marriage between the old man and the considerably younger woman...

He flipped when he saw the mess in the kitchen.

The tone of the book is sometimes too flip.

He flipped the top off the bottle and poured himself a drink.

She flipped the lid of the box open and looked inside.

He flipped the paper over and started writing on the back.

We flipped a coin to see who would go first.

There's quite an art to flipping pancakes.

I just flipped and started shouting.

Anna flipped the switch that opened the front gate.

Josie flipped on the radio.

He picked up the newspaper and flipped straight to the sports pages.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: flip
he/she/it: flips
present participle: flipping
past tense: flipped
past participle: flipped
singular: flip
plural: flips
comparative: flipper
superlative: flippest
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