Origin of hep1
- one (used in counting cadence while marching).
Related Wordsfair, decent, sufficient, respectable, common, adequate, tolerable, proficient, polished, talented, skillful, gifted, adept, consummate, ingenious, cautious, wise, sly, adroit, shrewd
Examples from the Web for hep
Bill, of course, is in the latter stages of Hep V—an AIDS-like virus that preys on vampires.'True Blood' Ends With a Whimper: The Sexy HBO Vampire Series Is (Finally) Over
August 25, 2014
We'd hep 'em git away and just swear dat dey hadn't been home a-tall.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
And when the eagle was entirely made from iron and copper, hep.Finnish Legends for English Children
Because one man was born and lives in one place, is that any reason why hep.The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages
Roger Thompson Finlay
Me washee flowty dozen hep—four bittie dozen—twenty dollar hep.Two Men of Sandy Bar
A family of the name of Hep, or Heap, held the hamlet from the paramount lords.Lancashire Sketches
- slang an earlier word for hip 4
- short for hepatitis
Word Origin and History for hep
"aware, up-to-date," first recorded 1908 in "Saturday Evening Post," but said to be underworld slang, of unknown origin. Variously said to have been the name of "a fabulous detective who operated in Cincinnati" [Louis E. Jackson and C.R. Hellyer, "A Vocabulary of Criminal Slang," 1914] or a saloonkeeper in Chicago who "never quite understood what was going on ... (but) thought he did" ["American Speech," XVI, 154/1]. Taken up by jazz musicians by 1915; hepcat "addict of swing music" is from 1938. With the rise of hip (adj.) by the 1950s, the use of hep ironically became a clue that the speaker was unaware and not up-to-date.
cry of those leading pogroms or attacks on Jews in Europe, 1819 in reference to Jewish explusions by mobs in various German cities in that year (later called the hep-hep riots); perhaps originally the cry of a goatherd, or of a hunter urging on dogs, but popularly said at the time to be acronym of Latin Hierosolyma Est Perdita "Jerusalem is destroyed," which, as H.E.P., supposedly was emblazoned on the banners of medieval recruiters for the Crusades who drew mobs that subsequently turned on local Jewish populations. That such things happened is true enough, but the story about the supposed acronym sounds like folk etymology.