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[hip-hop] /ˈhɪpˌhɒp/ Slang.
the popular subculture of big-city teenagers, which includes rap music, break dancing, and graffiti art.
of, relating to, or characteristic of this subculture:
the hip-hop generation.
Origin of hip-hop
First recorded in 1985-90 Unabridged
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a US pop culture movement originating in the 1980s comprising rap music, graffiti, and break dancing
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Word Origin and History for hip hop

also hip-hop, music style, first recorded 1982. Reduplication with vowel variation (e.g. tip-top, sing-song); OED reports use of hip hop with a sense of "successive hopping motion" dating back to 1670s. The term in its modern sense comes from its use in the early rap lyrics of the genre, notably Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and The Sugarhill Gang in "Rapper's Delight."

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hip hop in Culture

hip-hop definition

Another name for rap music.

Note: The term hip-hop also refers to the speech, fashions, and personal style adopted by many youths, particularly in urban areas.
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Slang definitions & phrases for hip hop


adj,adj phr

Of or pertaining to contemporary black urban youth culture

n,n phr

  1. rap song
  2. breakdance
  3. The activities that are emblematic of contemporary black urban youth culture: What is ''hip-hop''? That phrase includes such activities as break dancing, rap music, and graffiti art/ Most of them are young Hispanics, more connected to Hip Hop than High culture

[1980s+; echoic, said to have originated with a New York disc jockey called Hollywood]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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