EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective, hip·per, hip·pest. familiar with or informed about the latest ideas, styles, developments, etc.: My parents aren't exactly hip, you know. 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. in agreement or willing to cooperate; going along: We explained our whole plan, and she was hip. noun Also hip·ness. the condition or state of being hip. verb (used with object), hipped, hip·ping. to make or keep aware or informed. Origin of hip 4
First recorded in
1900–05; earlier hep; of disputed orig. Related forms hip·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hipness Contemporary Examples of hipness British Dictionary definitions for hipness n acronym for (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 noun (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 the angle formed where two sloping sides of a roof meet or where a sloping side meets a sloping end Derived Forms hipless, adjective hiplike, adjective Word Origin for hip
hype; related to Old High German huf, Gothic hups, Dutch heup noun the berry-like brightly coloured fruit of a rose plant: a swollen receptacle, rich in vitamin C, containing several small hairy achenes Also called: rosehip Word Origin for hip
héopa; related to Old Saxon hiopo, Old High German hiufo, Dutch joop, Norwegian dialect hjūpa interjection an exclamation used to introduce cheers (in the phrase hip, hip, hurrah) Word Origin for hip
C18: of unknown origin
adjective hipper, hippest, hepper or heppest slang aware of or following the latest trends in music, ideas, fashion, etc ( often postpositive foll by to) informed (about) Word Origin for hip
C20: variant of earlier
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Word Origin and History for hipness n.1
"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. n.2
"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"). adj.
"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. interjection
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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n. The lateral prominence of the pelvis from the waist to the thigh. The hip joint.
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