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hep1

[hep] /hɛp/
adjective, Older Slang.
1.
hip4 .
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism

hip4

[hip] /hɪp/
adjective, hipper, hippest.
1.
familiar with or informed about the latest ideas, styles, developments, etc.:
My parents aren't exactly hip, you know.
2.
considered aware of or attuned to what is expected, especially with a casual or knowing air; cool:
The guy was not at all hip—a total nerd.
3.
in agreement or willing to cooperate; going along:
We explained our whole plan, and she was hip.
noun
4.
Also, hipness. the condition or state of being hip.
5.
a hipster or hippie.
verb (used with object), hipped, hipping.
6.
to make or keep aware or informed.
Also, hep.
Origin
1900-05; earlier hep; of disputed orig.
Related forms
hiply, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for heppest

hep1

/hɛp/
adjective hepper, heppest
1.
(slang) an earlier word for hip4

hep2

/hɛp/
noun (informal)
1.
short for hepatitis

hip1

/hɪp/
noun
1.
(often pl) 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
2.
another name for pelvis (sense 1)
3.
short for hip joint
4.
the angle formed where two sloping sides of a roof meet or where a sloping side meets a sloping end
Derived Forms
hipless, adjective
hiplike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hype; related to Old High German huf, Gothic hups, Dutch heup

hip2

/hɪp/
noun
1.
the berry-like brightly coloured fruit of a rose plant: a swollen receptacle, rich in vitamin C, containing several small hairy achenes Also called rosehip
Word Origin
Old English héopa; related to Old Saxon hiopo, Old High German hiufo, Dutch joop, Norwegian dialect hjūpa

hip3

/hɪp/
interjection
1.
an exclamation used to introduce cheers (in the phrase hip, hip, hurrah)
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

hip4

/hɪp/
adjective (slang) hipper, hippest, hepper, heppest
1.
aware of or following the latest trends in music, ideas, fashion, etc
2.
(often postpositive) foll by to. informed (about)
Word Origin
C20: variant of earlier hep

HIP

/hɪp/
noun acronym
1.
(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
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Word Origin and History for heppest
hep
"aware, up-to-date," first recorded 1908 in "Saturday Evening Post," but said to be underworld slang, of unknown origin. Variously said to have been the name of "a fabulous detective who operated in Cincinnati" or a saloonkeeper in Chicago who "never quite understood what was going on ... (but) thought he did." Taken up by jazz musicians by 1915; hepcat "addict of swing music" is from 1938.
hep
cry of those leading pogroms or attacks on Jews in Europe, 1839 (but in ref. to the riots of 1819 in Hamburg, etc.), perhaps the cry of a goatherd, or of a hunter urging on dogs, but popularly said to be acronym of L. Hierosolyma Est Perdita "Jerusalem is destroyed."
hip
"part of the body where pelvis and thigh join," O.E. hype, from P.Gmc. *khupiz (cf. Du. heup, Ger. Hüfte, Goth. hups "hip"), from PIE *qeub- "to bend." Hipsters "pants that ride on the hips" first attested 1962; hip-huggers in this sense first recorded 1967.
hip
"seed pod" (especially of wild rose), O.E. heope, hiope, from P.Gmc. *khiup- (cf. dial. Norw. hjupa, O.H.G. hiafo, Ger. hiefe, O.E. hiopa "briar, bramble").
hip
"informed," 1904, apparently originally in black slang, probably a variant of hep, with which it is identical in sense, though it is recorded four years earlier. Hip-hop music style first recorded 1982.
hip
exclamation used to introduce a united cheer (cf. hip-hip-hurrah), 1827, earlier hep, cf. Ger. hepp, to animals a cry to attack, to mobs a cry to attack Jews (see hep (2)); perhaps a natural sound (cf. L. eho, heus).
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heppest in Medicine

hip (hĭp)
n.

  1. The lateral prominence of the pelvis from the waist to the thigh.

  2. The hip joint.

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Slang definitions & phrases for heppest

hep

adjective

Aware; up-to-date; hip, with it •Taken up by jazz musicians to the extent of being identified with them: By running with the older boys I soon began to get hep/ But I'm hep, man; for example, I had my vasectomy already

Related Terms

unhep

[1908+ Underworld; origin unknown; a 1914 source says it is based on the name of ''a fabulous detective who operated in Cincinnati'']


hip

adjective
  1. hep (1904+ Black)
  2. Being and/or emulating a hipster, hippy, beatnik, etc; cool, far out: ''I'm hip'' means Cool/ to be hip is to be ''disaffiliated'' (1951+)
verb

To make aware; inform: educating the masses of America, hipping black people to the need to work together (1932+)

Related Terms

shoot from the hip

[fr hep]


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Related Abbreviations for heppest

Hep

hepatitus

HIP

Help for Incontinent People; (now NAFC: National Association for Continence)
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Idioms and Phrases with heppest
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Encyclopedia Article for heppest

hip

in anatomy, the joint between the thighbone (femur) and the pelvis; also the area adjacent to this joint. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint; the round head of the femur rests in a cavity (the acetabulum) that allows free rotation of the limb. Amphibians and reptiles have relatively weak pelvic girdles, and the femur extends horizontally. This does not permit efficient resistance to gravity, and the trunks of these animals often rest partially on the ground. In mammals the hip joint allows the femur to drop vertically, thus permitting the animal to hold itself off the ground and leading to specializations for running and leaping. See also pelvic girdle.

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