[ hahyp ]
/ haɪp /

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.


Nearby words

  1. hypamnios,
  2. hypanakinesis,
  3. hypanthium,
  4. hypaspist,
  5. hypatia,
  6. hyped up,
  7. hyped-up,
  8. hyper,
  9. hyper-,
  10. hyperaccumulator

Origin of hype

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hype up


/ (haɪp) slang /


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


/ (haɪp) /


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 up



"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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