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Hip \Hip\, n. [OE. hepe, AS. he['o]pe; cf. OHG. hiufo a bramble bush.] (Bot.) The fruit of a rosebush, especially of the English dog-rose ( Rosa canina); called also rose hip. [Written also hop, hep.]

Hip tree (Bot.), the dog-rose.


hip \hip\, a.

  1. Aware of the latest ideas, trends, fashions, and developments in popular music and entertainment culture; not square; -- same as hep.

    Syn: tuned in.

  2. 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.


hep \hep\ (h[e^]p), n. See Hip, the fruit of the dog-rose.


hep \hep\ (h[e^]p), a. Same as Hip, a., but older and now less frequently used.


hep \hep\ (h[e^]p), interj. A call used by drill instructors to count cadence during marching; used identically to hut and hup.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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" [Louis E. Jackson and C.R. Hellyer, "A Vocabulary of Criminal Slang," 1914] or a saloonkeeper in Chicago who "never quite understood what was going on ... (but) thought he did" ["American Speech," XVI, 154/1]. Taken up by jazz musicians by 1915; hepcat "addict of swing music" is from 1938. With the rise of hip (adj.) by the 1950s, the use of hep ironically became a clue that the speaker was unaware and not up-to-date.


cry of those leading pogroms or attacks on Jews in Europe, 1819 in reference to Jewish explusions by mobs in various German cities in that year (later called the hep-hep riots); perhaps originally the cry of a goatherd, or of a hunter urging on dogs, but popularly said at the time to be acronym of Latin Hierosolyma Est Perdita "Jerusalem is destroyed," which, as H.E.P., supposedly was emblazoned on the banners of medieval recruiters for the Crusades who drew mobs that subsequently turned on local Jewish populations. That such things happened is true enough, but in the absence of evidence the story about the supposed acronym looks like folk etymology.


Etymology 1 n. (context informal English) Short form of '''hepatitis'''. Etymology 2

n. (context obsolete English) A hip of a rose; a rosehip. Etymology 3

  1. (context dated US slang English) aware, up-to-date v

  2. (context dated US slang English) To make aware of.

  1. adj. informed about the latest trends [syn: hip, hip to(p)]

  2. [also: heppest, hepper]


HEP or hep may refer to:

Usage examples of "hep".

I left Atlanta, I was in the middle of my vaccinations for hep A and B.

Nick De Profundis, the company lounge lizard, has surprised everybody by changing, inside the phone booth of factory spaces here, to an energetic businessman, selling A4 souvenirs: small items that can be worked into keychains, money clips or a scatter-pin for that special gal back home, burner cups of brass off the combustion chambers, ball bearings from the servos, and this week the hep item seems to be SA 100 acorn diodes, cute little mixing valves looted out of the Tele-funken units, and the even rarer SA 102s, which of course fetch a higher price.

Hep Keng or whatever his name is, and walked into serious aggravation.

Vaunce took Curf, Swane was picked by Hep, a leatherback from Marneri.

The other poets were either horn-rimmed intellectual  hep cats with wild  black  hair like Alvah Goldbook, or delicate pale handsome poets like Ike O'Shay (in a suit), or out-of-this-world genteel-looking Renaissance Italians like Francis DaPavia (who looks like a young priest), or bow-tied wild-haired old anarchist fuds like Rheinhold Cacoethes, or big fat bespectacled quiet booboos like Warren Coughlin.

Nowadays, with AIDS and Hep B and everything, that's a way for a girl to get dropped real fast.

Eleven years of my life, and all I'm left with is Cantonese, hep C and advanced skills in seafood cooking.

Coach Fellers an one of the goons hepped me out special since I didn't know how to play.

I wished my mama coulda been there, cause she'd of hepped me, but she back at home in bed with the grippe.