verb (used with object), hyped, hyp·ing.

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.


Origin of hype

1925–30, Americanism; in sense “to trick, swindle,” of uncertain origin; subsequent senses perhaps by reanalysis as a shortening of hyperbole



noun Slang.

a drug addict, especially one who uses a hypodermic needle.

Origin of hype

shortening of hypodermic; cf. hypo1
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Related Words for hype

buildup, promotion, advertising, plugging

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Historical Examples of hype

  • 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.

  • To bear the victor's hard commands, or bring The weight of waters from Hype'ria's spring.

  • 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


(intr usually foll by up) to inject oneself with a drug
(tr) to stimulate artificially or excite

Word Origin for hype

C20: shortened from hypodermic




a deception or racket
intensive or exaggerated publicity or sales promotionmedia hype
the person or thing so publicized

verb (tr)

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 Formshyper, nounhyping, noun

Word Origin for hype

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).

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