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  1. the projecting part of each side of the body formed by the side of the pelvis and the upper part of the femur and the flesh covering them; haunch.
  2. hip joint.
  3. Architecture. the inclined projecting angle formed by the junction of a sloping side and a sloping end, or of two adjacent sloping sides, of a roof.
  4. Furniture. knee(def 6).
  1. (especially of a garment) extending to the hips; hiplength: hip boots.
verb (used with object), hipped, hip·ping.
  1. (especially ofō livestock) to injure or dislocate the hip of.
  2. Architecture. to form (a roof) with a hip or hips.
  1. shoot from the hip, Informal. to speak or act bluntly or rashly, without deliberation or prudence: Diplomats are trained to conduct themselves with discretion, and not to shoot from the hip.
  2. smite hip and thigh, to attack unmercifully; overcome. Judg. 15:8.

Origin of hip1

before 1000; Middle English hipe, hupe, Old English hype; cognate with Old High German huf (German Hüfte hip), Gothic hups hip, loin; compare Greek kýbos cube1 the hollow above the hips (of cattle), Latin cubitus elbow (see cubit)
Related formship·less, adjectivehip·like, adjective


adjective, hip·per, hip·pest.
  1. familiar with or informed about the latest ideas, styles, developments, etc.: My parents aren't exactly hip, you know.
  2. considered aware of or attuned to what is expected, especially with a casual or knowing air; cool: The guy was not at all hip—a total nerd.
  3. in agreement or willing to cooperate; going along: We explained our whole plan, and she was hip.
  1. Also hip·ness. the condition or state of being hip.
  2. a hipster or hippie.
verb (used with object), hipped, hip·ping.
  1. to make or keep aware or informed.
Also hep.

Origin of hip4

First recorded in 1900–05; earlier hep; of disputed orig.
Related formship·ly, adverb
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n acronym for
  1. (in England and Wales) home information pack: a set of documents that a seller must possess before his or her property can be put on the market


  1. (often plural) either side of the body below the waist and above the thigh, overlying the lateral part of the pelvis and its articulation with the thighbones
  2. another name for pelvis (def. 1)
  3. short for hip joint
  4. the angle formed where two sloping sides of a roof meet or where a sloping side meets a sloping end
Derived Formshipless, adjectivehiplike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English hype; related to Old High German huf, Gothic hups, Dutch heup


  1. the berry-like brightly coloured fruit of a rose plant: a swollen receptacle, rich in vitamin C, containing several small hairy achenesAlso called: rosehip

Word Origin

Old English héopa; related to Old Saxon hiopo, Old High German hiufo, Dutch joop, Norwegian dialect hjūpa


  1. an exclamation used to introduce cheers (in the phrase hip, hip, hurrah)

Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin



adjective hipper, hippest, hepper or heppest slang
  1. aware of or following the latest trends in music, ideas, fashion, etc
  2. (often postpositive foll by to) informed (about)

Word Origin

C20: variant of earlier hep
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Word Origin and History for hipper



"part of the body where pelvis and thigh join," Old English hype "hip," from Proto-Germanic *hupiz (cf. Dutch heup, German Hüfte, Gothic hups "hip"), from PIE *qeub- "to bend." Hip of a roof is from late 17c.



"seed pod" (especially of wild rose), Old English heope, hiope "seed vessel of the wild rose," from Proto-Germanic *hiup- (cf. dialectal Norwegian hjupa, Old Saxon hiopo, Dutch joop, Old High German hiafo, dialectal German Hiefe, Old English hiopa "briar, bramble").



"informed," 1904, apparently originally in black slang, probably a variant of hep (1), with which it is identical in sense, though it is recorded four years earlier.



exclamation used to introduce a united cheer (cf. hip-hip-hurrah), 1827, earlier hep, cf. German hepp, to animals a cry to attack game, to mobs a cry to attack Jews (see hep (2)); perhaps a natural sound (cf. Latin eho, heus).

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hipper in Medicine


  1. The lateral prominence of the pelvis from the waist to the thigh.
  2. The hip joint.
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