lipread [lip-reed] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), lip·read [lip-red] /ˈlɪpˌrɛd/, lip·read·ing [lip-ree-ding] /ˈlɪpˌri dɪŋ/.

  1. to understand spoken words by interpreting the movements of a speaker’s lips without hearing the sounds made.

verb (used without object), lip·read [lip-red] /ˈlɪpˌrɛd/, lip·read·ing [lip-ree-ding] /ˈlɪpˌri dɪŋ/.

  1. to use lipreading.

Compare speechread. Origin of lipread First recorded in 1890–95; lip + read1 Related formslip·read·er, noun Examples from the Web for lip-read Contemporary Examples of lip-read

  • This lip-read video clarifies what NFL football players, coaches and referees are actually talking about on the field.

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    The Daily Beast

    January 20, 2013

  • She camouflaged her disability by learning to lip-read in multiple languages.

    12 Juicy Bits From the Prince Philip Biography

    Tom Sykes

    November 14, 2011

  • Historical Examples of lip-read

  • After a moment, the psychologist turned his head to the doctor and Bennington lip-read the word, “hypno.”

    Take the Reason Prisoner

    John Joseph McGuire

  • They can gain knowledge by sight, he maintained; can write, converse by signs, speak and lip-read.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10


  • Mrs. Ambrose thought he was talking about domestic servants, because she had lip-read the word “cook.”

    The House by the River

    A. P. Herbert

  • British Dictionary definitions for lip-read lip-read verb -reads, -reading or -read (-ˈrɛd)

    1. to interpret (words) by lip-reading

    Word Origin and History for lip-read v.

    1880, back-formation from lip-reading, which is attested from 1852 in writings on educating deaf-mutes; from lip (n.) + reading.

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