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hip1

[hip] /hɪp/
noun
1.
the projecting part of each side of the body formed by the side of the pelvis and the upper part of the femur and the flesh covering them; haunch.
2.
3.
Architecture. the inclined projecting angle formed by the junction of a sloping side and a sloping end, or of two adjacent sloping sides, of a roof.
4.
Furniture. knee (def 6).
adjective
5.
(especially of a garment) extending to the hips; hiplength:
hip boots.
verb (used with object), hipped, hipping.
6.
(especially of livestock) to injure or dislocate the hip of.
7.
Architecture. to form (a roof) with a hip or hips.
Idioms
8.
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.
9.
smite hip and thigh, to attack unmercifully; overcome. Judg. 15:8.
Origin
1000
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 cube, the hollow above the hips (of cattle), Latin cubitus elbow (see cubit)
Related forms
hipless, adjective
hiplike, adjective

hip2

[hip] /hɪp/
noun
1.
the ripe fruit of a rose, especially of a wild rose.
Origin
before 900; Middle English hepe, Old English hēope hip, briar; cognate with Old High German hiufo bramble

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

hip5

[hip] /hɪp/
noun
1.
hyp.
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Examples from the web for hips
  • On she is drawn, by the omnipotent will of her own thrusting hips.
  • And once loaded, the belt gripped the hips with a particularly gentle touch, despite chintzy plastic load-bearing reinforcement.
  • Users strap on a backpack containing a battery and microprocessor, then bionic legs with motorized joints at the hips and knees.
  • The skull and spine were realigned, bringing the head and torso into a vertical line over the hips and feet.
  • He has slender shoulders, slight arms, and narrow hips.
  • One of the few remaining signs of their limbed heritage is the presence of vestigial hips imprisoned in the rib cage.
  • Flippers fore and aft, shoulders and hips, and proportions of neck and torso were built the same way.
  • They climbed out of the boat with their weapons propped upright on their hips and their faces immobile and expressionless.
  • The cameramen didn't know what to make of her irregular features-her nose was too long, her hips too wide.
  • And it's not a fantasy spy movie, so it doesn't come with big explosions and gadgets and broad hips and lips and big guns.
British Dictionary definitions for hips

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 hips

hip

n.

"part of the body where pelvis and thigh join," Old English hype "hip," from Proto-Germanic *hupiz (cf. Dutch heup, German Hüfte, Gothic hups "hip"), from PIE *qeub- "to bend." Hip of a roof is from late 17c.

"seed pod" (especially of wild rose), Old English heope, hiope "seed vessel of the wild rose," from Proto-Germanic *hiup- (cf. dialectal Norwegian hjupa, Old Saxon hiopo, Dutch joop, Old High German hiafo, dialectal German Hiefe, Old English hiopa "briar, bramble").

adj.

"informed," 1904, apparently originally in black slang, probably a variant of hep (1), with which it is identical in sense, though it is recorded four years earlier.

interjection

exclamation used to introduce a united cheer (cf. hip-hip-hurrah), 1827, earlier hep, cf. German hepp, to animals a cry to attack game, to mobs a cry to attack Jews (see hep (2)); perhaps a natural sound (cf. Latin eho, heus).

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hips 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 hips

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 hips

HIP

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

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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