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The bones of a human hip.


Etymology 1Edit

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 *ḱewb- (compare Welsh cysgu (to sleep), Latin cubāre (to lie), Ancient Greek κύβος (kúbos, hollow in the hips), Albanian sup (shoulder), Sanskrit शुप्ति (śúpti, shoulder)), from *ḱew- (to bend). More at high.


hip (plural hips)

  1. (anatomy) The outward-projecting parts of the pelvis and top of the femur and the overlying tissue.
  2. The inclined external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.
  3. In a bridge truss, the place where an inclined end post meets the top chord.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Waddell to this entry?)
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hip (third-person singular simple present hips, present participle hipping, simple past and past participle hipped)

  1. (chiefly sports) To use one's hips to bump into someone.
  2. To throw (one's adversary) over one's hip in wrestling (technically called cross buttock).
  3. 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.
  4. To make with a hip or hips, as a roof.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English hepe, heppe, hipe, from Old English hēope, from Proto-Germanic *heupǭ (compare Dutch joop, German Hiefe, Faroese hjúpa), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱewb- (briar, thorn) (compare Old Prussian kaāubri (thorn), Lithuanian kaubrė̃ (heap)).

Rose hips.


hip (plural hips)

  1. The fruit of a rose.
    • 1595, George Peele, The Old Wives’ Tale, The Malone Society Reprints, 1908, lines 175-178,[1]
      1. BROTHER. [] What doo you gather there?
      OLD MAN. Hips and Hawes, and stickes and strawes, and thinges that I gather on the ground my sonne.
    • c. 1607, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, Act IV, Scene 3,[2]
      The oaks bear mast, the briars scarlet hips;
      The bounteous housewife, Nature, on each bush
      Lays her full mess before you.
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Etymology 3Edit

Probably a variant of hep. Maybe from Wolof hepi (to see) or hipi (to open one’s eyes)[1].


hip (comparative hipper, superlative hippest)

  1. (slang) Aware, informed, up-to-date, trendy. [from early 20th c., popularized in 1960s]
    • 2012 January 19, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, in New York Time[3]:
      Rudolph promoted Stevens Pass with restless zeal. In seven years there, he helped turn a relatively small, roadside ski area into a hip destination.


hip (third-person singular simple present hips, present participle hipping, simple past and past participle hipped)

  1. (transitive, slang) To inform, to make knowledgeable.
    • 1958, Jack Kerouac, The Subterraneans, page 90:
      No doubt, too, Sand must have hipped him quietly in a whisper somewhere what was happening with the lover
    • 1964, Rex Stout, A Right to Die, page 78:
      She's a volunteer, hipped on civil rights, another do-gooder, evidently with a private pile since she takes no pay
    • 1969, Iceberg Slim, Pimp, page 223:
      She went ape over Chris. She'd go downtown and come home with shopping bags loaded with fine dresses and underclothes for herself and her sisters. Later she hipped Chris to boosting
    • 2009, Sean Rogers, Pynchon and comics
      The guy hips himself to so many things.

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Major, Clarence (1994) Juba to jive: a dictionary of African-American slang, page 234



Alternative formsEdit


From Proto-Albanian *skūpa, from Proto-Indo-European *skeubʰ- (to push). Compare German schieben (to push), English shove, Lithuanian skùbti (to hurry).


hip (first-person singular past tense hipa, participle hipur)

  1. I get on, ride, straddle
  2. I rise, go up, climb into

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híp m inan (genitive hípa, nominative plural hípi)

  1. moment