[ hip ]
/ hɪp /



(especially of a garment) extending to the hips; hiplength: hip boots.

verb (used with object), hipped, hip·ping.

(especially ofō livestock) to injure or dislocate the hip of.
Architecture. to form (a roof) with a hip or hips.

Nearby words

  1. hinshelwood,
  2. hint,
  3. hinterland,
  4. hinton,
  5. hioi,
  6. hip bath,
  7. hip boot,
  8. hip dysplasia,
  9. hip flask,
  10. hip hop


    shoot from the hip, Informal. to speak or act bluntly or rashly, without deliberation or prudence: Diplomats are trained to conduct themselves with discretion, and not to shoot from the hip.
    smite hip and thigh, to attack unmercifully; overcome. Judg. 15:8.

Origin of hip

before 1000; Middle English hipe, hupe, Old English hype; cognate with Old High German huf (German Hüfte hip), Gothic hups hip, loin; compare Greek kýbos cube1 the hollow above the hips (of cattle), Latin cubitus elbow (see cubit)

Related formship·less, adjectivehip·like, adjective

Origin of shoot

before 900; Middle English shoten (v.), Old English scēotan; cognate with Dutch schieten, German schiessen, Old Norse skjōta; akin to shot1

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British Dictionary definitions for shoot from the hip


/ (hɪp) /

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


/ (hɪp) /


(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
another name for pelvis (def. 1)
short for hip joint
the angle formed where two sloping sides of a roof meet or where a sloping side meets a sloping end
Derived Formshipless, adjectivehiplike, adjective

Word Origin for hip

Old English hype; related to Old High German huf, Gothic hups, Dutch heup


/ (hɪp) /


the berry-like brightly coloured fruit of a rose plant: a swollen receptacle, rich in vitamin C, containing several small hairy achenesAlso called: rosehip

Word Origin for hip

Old English héopa; related to Old Saxon hiopo, Old High German hiufo, Dutch joop, Norwegian dialect hjūpa


/ (hɪp) /


an exclamation used to introduce cheers (in the phrase hip, hip, hurrah)

Word Origin for hip

C18: of unknown origin




/ (hɪp) /

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 hep


/ (ʃuːt) /

verb shoots, shooting or shot



US and Canadian an exclamation expressing disbelief, scepticism, disgust, disappointment, etc

Word Origin for shoot

Old English sceōtan; related to Old Norse skjōta, Old High German skiozan to shoot, Old Slavonic iskydati to throw out

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Word Origin and History for shoot from the hip
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Medicine definitions for shoot from the hip


[ hĭp ]


The lateral prominence of the pelvis from the waist to the thigh.
The hip joint.

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Science definitions for shoot from the hip


[ shōōt ]

The part of a vascular plant that is above ground, including the stem and leaves. The tips of shoots contain the apical meristem.
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Idioms and Phrases with shoot from the hip

shoot from the hip

Speak or act recklessly or impulsively, as in Steve isn't very tactful; indeed, he's known for shooting from the hip. This expression transfers the fast shooting accomplished by drawing a gun from a holster and shooting without raising it to quick speaking or acting. [Slang; mid-1900s] For a similar transfer, see shoot off one's mouth.


see shoot from the hip.


In addition to the idioms beginning with shoot

  • shoot down
  • shoot for
  • shoot from the hip
  • shoot off one's mouth
  • shoot one's bolt
  • shoot oneself in the foot
  • shoot straight
  • shoot the breeze
  • shoot the works
  • shoot up

also see:

  • like shooting fish in a barrel
  • sure as shooting
  • whole ball of wax (shooting match)

Also see undershot.

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