- 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
Examples from the Web for hyped
I could save myself a lot of time and aggravation if I just limited my listening to megastars and their hyped hits.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Off the field, the Texas A&M stud was the most hyped college football player since Tim Tebow.Don’t Cry for Johnny Football. The NFL’s 22nd Pick Will Do Just Fine.
May 9, 2014
We get hyped to see the next episode and wait with anticipation from the moment one episode ends and another it so air.Binge Watching is Lame and Lonely
Roland S. Martin
February 19, 2014
Pepsi has helped music and sports fans “Get Hyped for Halftime” by bringing the spirit of halftime to unexpected places.Brands Ready for Super Bowl
January 29, 2014
But is Prism, as it has been hyped by its musical masterminds, the debut of a creatively all-grown-up Perry?‘Prism’ Review: Katy Perry Perfects the Pop Blockbuster
October 22, 2013
Anyway, every man aboard is all hyped up about living aground—especially with a harem.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
- a hypodermic needle or injection
- (intr usually foll by up) to inject oneself with a drug
- (tr) to stimulate artificially or excite
- a deception or racket
- intensive or exaggerated publicity or sales promotionmedia hype
- the person or thing so publicized
- 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
Word Origin and History for hyped
"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).