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[hahyp] /haɪp/ Informal.
verb (used with object), hyped, hyping.
to stimulate, excite, or agitate (usually followed by up):
She was hyped up at the thought of owning her own car.
to create interest in by flamboyant or dramatic methods; promote or publicize showily:
a promoter who knows how to hype a prizefight.
to intensify (advertising, promotion, or publicity) by ingenious or questionable claims, methods, etc. (usually followed by up).
to trick; gull.
exaggerated publicity; hoopla.
an ingenious or questionable claim, method, etc., used in advertising, promotion, or publicity to intensify the effect.
a swindle, deception, or trick.
Origin of hype1
1925-30, Americanism; in sense “to trick, swindle,” of uncertain origin; subsequent senses perhaps by reanalysis as a shortening of hyperbole


[hahyp] /haɪp/
noun, Slang.
a drug addict, especially one who uses a hypodermic needle.
shortening of hypodermic; cf. hypo1 Unabridged
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  • What should be held true – the hype or the dismal statistics?

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • He could buttock cleanly, hype quickly, and excelled in most other chips.

    Wrestling and Wrestlers: Jacob Robinson
  • To bear the victor's hard commands, or bring The weight of waters from hype'ria's spring.

    Mosaics of Grecian History Marcius Willson
  • But let us hype they distributed some of their superfluous coin among these hapless exiles to purchase food and a night's lodging.

    Grandfather's Chair Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I saw images of the ship riding along beside me, out there in the hype.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
British Dictionary definitions for hype


a hypodermic needle or injection
(intransitive) usually foll by up. to inject oneself with a drug
(transitive) to stimulate artificially or excite
Word Origin
C20: shortened from hypodermic


a deception or racket
intensive or exaggerated publicity or sales promotion: media hype
the person or thing so publicized
verb (transitive)
to market or promote (a product) using exaggerated or intensive publicity
to falsify or rig (something)
(in the pop-music business) to buy (copies of a particular record) in such quantity as to increase its ratings in the charts
Derived Forms
hyper, noun
hyping, noun
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hype

"excessive or misleading publicity or advertising," 1967, American English (the verb is attested from 1937), probably in part a back-formation of hyperbole, but also from underworld slang sense "swindle by overcharging or short-changing" (1926), a back-formation of hyper "short-change con man" (1914), from prefix hyper- meaning "over, to excess." Also possibly influenced by drug addicts' slang hype, 1913 shortening of hypodermic needle. Related: Hyped; hyping. In early 18c., hyp "morbid depression of the spirits" was colloquial for hypochondria (usually as the hyp or the hyps).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hype

hype 1


  1. A hypodermic needle; hype-stick (1913+ Narcotics)
  2. An injection of narcotics (1925+ Narcotics)
  3. An addict who injects narcotics: and heroin substitutes don't work with a stone hype (1924+ Narcotics)
  4. A seller of narcotics; connection: any hype that wants to get you hooked

[fr hypodermic referring to a needle or an injection]

hype 2


: without any advance PR hype


  1. : exercises no stock options, hypes no quick secondary stock offering/ unless Margaret's hyping the gate for a rematch (1937+)
  2. To trick; deceive; originally, to shortchange (1914+)
  3. hype up (1938+)

Related Terms

media hype

[origin unknown; perhaps related to hyper, ''hustle,'' of obscure origin, found from the mid-1800s; recent advertising and public relations senses probably influenced by hype1 as suggesting supernormal energy, excitement, etc, and by hyper2 and hyperbole; verb sense 3 supported by a 1914 glossary: ''Hyper, current among money-changers. A flim-flammer'']

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