from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Variant of hip2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • abbr. Short form of hepatitis.
  • High-energy physics.
  • n. A hip of a rose; a rosehip.
  • adj. aware, up-to-date
  • adj. cool, hip

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See hip, the fruit of the dog-rose.
  • adj. Same as hip, a., but older and now less frequently used.
  • interj. A call used by drill instructors to count cadence during marching; used identically to hut and hup.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See hip.
  • n. An obsolete form of heap.
  • A quick explosive utterance, leading to a sonorous outburst, urging men or horses to more rapid action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. informed about the latest trends


Alteration of hip (Wiktionary)
US underworld slang of Unknown origin, first recorded 1908. (Wiktionary)


  • Skimming the headlines in hep-ex, you can just ignore anything with “unparticle” or “New limits on [unmotivated model] - type models” in the title.

    Why RSS+arXiv=Awesome « Imaginary Potential

  • i reckon that since 'hep' is an older form of 'hip' that your blog is in fact a kind of coralling device for either:

    My very first post!

  • The phrase "are you hip?" appeared in the 1904 novel Jim Hickey by George Hobart, while "hep" was established enough by 1908 for the Saturday Evening Post puzzling as to whether you could "find anybody left in the world who isn't hep."

    Save The Hipster!

  • One of the most 'hep 'happening' place to be in, it can boast of auditoriums, multiplex theatres, malls, super markets, 5 star hotels, great jogging tracks, scenic promenades, etc.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • To me, it sounds like they're tryin' to sound like 'hep' with-it tough chix.


  • I must be perpetually thick when it comes to "hep" humor (I'll probably get it sometime next week).

    "Dig It! Give Me Two Slices!"

  • The summa comedica of "hep" humor is Syd Caesar's "Progress Formsby" routine, available on DVD.

    "Dig It! Give Me Two Slices!"

  • You know that commercial for the "hep," "cool," and "edgily apostophred" Amp'd Mobile, the one where a father sends his reluctant son off to do an extreme sports bike trick on a ramp, only to have the kid fall off the ramp halfway while fireworks flare?

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Again, whenever Sinatra tried to 'fit in' and be 'hep' in the 'hip' 1960s, disaster resulted, and he seemed to know it.

    Sinatra The Man Behind the Myth

  • He walked around behind and contemplated the number plate, wondering if the man who was said to be "hep" would remember that there were three ciphers together.

    The Lookout Man


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  • "It is also distinguished by the broad and open corolla of five obovate petals, numerous stamens in many rows, and many free carpels each with one pendulous ovule, a ventral style, and a somewhat dilated stigma, and each forming in fruit a one-seeded bony achene, the whole mass of achenes inclosed in a fleshy fruiting receptacle, known as the hip or hep."

    --from the Century Dictionary definition for Rosa.

    April 18, 2011

  • When it was hip to be hep I was hep. Dave Frishberg.

    January 8, 2009