Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To throw or toss with a light brisk motion: flipped me the ball; flipped his hair out of his eyes.
  • transitive v. To toss in the air, imparting a spin: flip a coin.
  • transitive v. To turn over or around, especially with a light quick motion: flip over a card; flipped the tape to play the other side.
  • transitive v. To turn through; leaf: flipped the pages of the report.
  • transitive v. To strike quickly or lightly; flick.
  • transitive v. To move or act on with a quick motion: flip a switch; flipped open her briefcase.
  • intransitive v. To turn over: The canoe flipped over in the rapids.
  • intransitive v. To turn a somersault, especially in the air.
  • intransitive v. To move in twists and turns: fish flipping about in the net.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly and lightly; snap: The lid flipped open.
  • intransitive v. To leaf; browse: flipped through the catalogue.
  • intransitive v. Slang To go crazy. Often used with out.
  • intransitive v. Slang To react strongly and especially enthusiastically: She flipped over the new car.
  • n. The act of flipping, especially:
  • n. A flick or tap.
  • n. A short, quick movement: a flip of the wrist.
  • n. A somersault.
  • n. Informal A reversal; a flipflop.
  • n. A mixed drink made with any of various alcoholic beverages and often including beaten eggs.
  • adj. Informal Marked by casual disrespect; impertinent: a flip answer to a serious question.
  • idiom flip (one's) lid Slang To react strongly, as with anger or enthusiasm.
  • idiom flip (one's) lid Slang To go crazy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A maneuver which rotates an object end-over-end.
  • n. A complete change of direction, decision, movement etc.
  • v. To throw (as in to turn over).
  • v. To put into a quick revolving motion through a snap of the thumb and index finger.
  • v. To go berserk or crazy.
  • v. To buy an asset (usually a house), improve it and sell it quickly for profit.
  • interj. used to express annoyance, especially when the speaker has made an error.
  • adj. Having the quality of playfulness, or lacking seriousness of purpose.
  • adj. sarcastic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron.
  • transitive v. To toss (an object) into the air so as make it turn over one or more times; to fillip.
  • transitive v. To turn (a flat object) over with a quick motion.
  • transitive v. To cause (a person) to turn against former colleagues, such as to become a witness for the state, in a criminal prosecution in which the person is a defendant.
  • transitive v. To resell (an asset) rapidly to make a quick profit.
  • intransitive v. To become insane or irrational; -- often used with out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fillip; tap lightly; twitch.
  • To flick, as with a whip.
  • To toss with a snap of the thumb, or the like: as, to flip up a penny in playing “heads and tails.”
  • To flap.
  • n. A fillip; a flick; a snap.
  • Nimble; flippant.
  • n. A mixture of which ale, beer, or cider is the chief ingredient, sweetened, spiced, made sometimes with eggs (see egg-flip), and drunk hot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to move with a flick
  • v. toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air
  • n. a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water
  • n. hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg
  • v. cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
  • v. lightly throw to see which side comes up
  • v. move with a flick or light motion
  • v. look through a book or other written material
  • n. an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
  • v. go mad, go crazy
  • n. a sudden, quick movement
  • v. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
  • v. turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse
  • adj. marked by casual disrespect
  • v. react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way
  • v. throw or toss with a light motion
  • n. the act of flipping a coin
  • n. (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

Etymologies

Perhaps imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of earlier fillip, from Middle English filippen ("to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger, snap the fingers"), an attenuated variation of Middle English flappen ("to flap, clap, slap, strike"). Cognate with Dutch flappen ("to flap"), German flappen ("to flap"). (Wiktionary)
Apparently a euphemism for fuck. (Wiktionary)
From flippant, by shortening. (Wiktionary)

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