flip

To flip is to turn or toss upside down, like flipping a mattress over. People flip out when excited, and a flip remark is disrespectful.

There are many types of flips and flipping. Gymnasts who turn themselves upside down are doing flips. Turning a pancake over is flipping it. Any quick, light motion can be described as a flip, like a quarterback flipping the ball to a receiver. When someone is extremely excited — and usually mad — they flip out. Also, flip comments are casual, quick, and disrespectful.

Primary Meanings of flip

1.
vn
turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse
an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
2.
vn
cause to move with a flick
a sudden, quick movement
3.
v
look through a book or other written material
4.
v
react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way
5.
v
reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
6.
n
hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg
7.
adj
marked by casual disrespect
Full Definitions of flip
1

v turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse

flip over the pork chop”
Synonyms:
flip over, turn over
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air

Synonyms:
twitch
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v lightly throw to see which side comes up

“I don't know what to do--I may as well flip a coin!”
Synonyms:
toss
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

n an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return

Synonyms:
somersault, somersaulting, somerset, summersault, summerset
Types:
flip-flop
a backward somersault
Type of:
tumble
an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

n the act of flipping a coin

Synonyms:
toss
Type of:
throw
casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly

n a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water

Type of:
dive, diving
a headlong plunge into water
2

v cause to move with a flick

Synonyms:
flick
Type of:
throw
propel through the air

v move with a flick or light motion

Type of:
impel, propel
cause to move forward with force

v throw or toss with a light motion

flip me the beachball”
Synonyms:
pitch, sky, toss
Types:
submarine
throw with an underhand motion
lag
throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins
throw back, toss back
throw back with a quick, light motion
Type of:
fling
throw with force or recklessness

v cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation

Synonyms:
switch, throw
Types:
switch on, turn on
cause to operate by flipping a switch
cut, switch off, turn off, turn out
cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
kill
cause to cease operating
Type of:
engage, lock, mesh, operate
keep engaged

n a sudden, quick movement

“with a flip of the wrist”
“the fish flipped over”
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

n (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

Synonyms:
pass, toss
Types:
centering, snap
(American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
3

v look through a book or other written material

Synonyms:
flick, leaf, riff, riffle, thumb
Type of:
peruse
examine or consider with attention and in detail
4

v react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way

“he flipped when he heard that he was accepted into Princeton University”
Synonyms:
flip out
Type of:
react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something

v go mad, go crazy

“He flipped when he heard that he was being laid off”
Synonyms:
flip out
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
5

v reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Synonyms:
alternate, flip-flop, interchange, switch, tack
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary
6

n hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg

Type of:
mixed drink
made of two or more ingredients
7

adj marked by casual disrespect

“a flip answer to serious question”
Synonyms:
impudent, insolent, snotty-nosed
disrespectful
exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous