[ hahyp ]
/ haɪp /
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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.




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Origin of hype

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

Definition for hype (2 of 2)

[ hahyp ]
/ haɪp /

noun Slang.

Disparaging and Offensive. a person who is addicted to a drug, especially one who uses a hypodermic needle.

Origin of hype

First recorded in 1920–25; shortening of hypodermic; cf. hypo1
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British Dictionary definitions for hype (1 of 2)

/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for hype (2 of 2)

/ (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 forms of hype

hyper, nounhyping, noun

Word Origin for hype

C20: of unknown origin
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