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

  • n. The laterally projecting prominence of the pelvis or pelvic region from the waist to the thigh.
  • n. A homologous posterior part in quadrupeds.
  • n. The hip joint.
  • n. Architecture The external angle formed by the meeting of two adjacent sloping sides of a roof.
  • adj. Slang Keenly aware of or knowledgeable about the latest trends or developments.
  • adj. Slang Very fashionable or stylish.
  • n. A rose hip.
  • interj. Usually used to begin a cheer: Hip, hip, hooray!

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The outward-projecting parts of the pelvis and top of the femur and the overlying tissue.
  • n. The inclined external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.
  • v. To use one's hips to bump into someone.
  • n. The fruit of a rose.
  • v. To inform, to make knowledgeable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Aware of the latest ideas, trends, fashions, and developments in popular music and entertainment culture; not square; -- same as hep.
  • adj. Aware of the latest fashions and behaving as expected socially, especially in clothing style and musical taste; exhibiting an air of casual sophistication; cool; with it; -- used mostly among young people in the teens to twenties.
  • n. The projecting region of the lateral parts of one side of the pelvis and the hip joint; the haunch; the huckle.
  • n. The external angle formed by the meeting of two sloping sides or skirts of a roof, which have their wall plates running in different directions.
  • n. In a bridge truss, the place where an inclined end post meets the top chord.
  • n. The fruit of a rosebush, especially of the English dog-rose (Rosa canina); called also rose hip.
  • n. See hyp, n.
  • interj. Used to excite attention or as a signal; as, hip, hip, hurra!
  • transitive v. To dislocate or sprain the hip of, to fracture or injure the hip bone of (a quadruped) in such a manner as to produce a permanent depression of that side.
  • transitive v. To throw (one's adversary) over one's hip in wrestling (technically called cross buttock).
  • transitive v. To make with a hip or hips, as a roof.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sprain, gall, or injure the hip of. In the extract the sense is doubtful.
  • In architecture, to furnish with a hip: as, to hip a roof.
  • To throw (one's adversary) over the hip.
  • To hop.
  • To render hypochondriac or melancholy: scarcely used except as in the participial adjective hipped. See hipped.
  • An exclamation used in applauding or giving the signal for applause: as, hip, hip, hurrah!
  • n. The projecting part of an animal formed by the side of the pelvis and the upper part of the femur, with the flesh covering them; the upper part of the thigh; the haunch.
  • n. The hip-joint.
  • n. In entomology, the coxa or first joint of an insect's leg.
  • n. In architecture: The external angle at the junction of two sloping roofs or sides of a roof.
  • n. The rafter at the angle where two sloping roofs or sides of a roof meet. See cuts under hip-roof and jack-rafter
  • n. The fruit of the dogrose or wild brier, Rosa canina or R. rubiginosa.
  • n. A morbid depression of spirits; melancholy: usually in the plural.

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

  • n. the fruit of a rose plant
  • n. the ball-and-socket joint between the head of the femur and the acetabulum
  • n. either side of the body below the waist and above the thigh
  • n. (architecture) the exterior angle formed by the junction of a sloping side and a sloping end of a roof
  • adj. informed about the latest trends
  • n. the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates


Middle English, from Old English hype.
Origin unknown.
Middle English hipe, from Old English hēope.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hipe, hupe, from Old English hype, from Proto-Germanic *hupiz (compare Dutch heup, Low German Huop, German Hüfte), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeu̯bh₂- (compare Welsh cysgu ‘to sleep’, Latin cubāre ("to lie"), Ancient Greek κύβος (kýbos, "hollow in the hips"), Albanian sup ("shoulder"), Sanskrit śupti ‘id.’), from *keu-, *keu̯ə- (“to bend”). More at high. (Wiktionary)
Middle English hepe, heppe, hipe, from Old English hēope, from Proto-Germanic *heupōn (compare Dutch joop, German Hiefe, Norwegian dialect hjúpa 'briar'), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱewb- 'briar, thorn' (compare Old Prussian kaāubri 'thorn', Lithuanian kaubrė̃ 'heap'). (Wiktionary)
Probably a variant of hep. Maybe from Wolof hepi ("to see") or hipi ("to open one’s eyes"). (Wiktionary)


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