Main definitions of hip in English

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noun

  • 1A projection of the pelvis and upper thigh bone on each side of the body in human beings and quadrupeds.

    • ‘As she turned to walk away from the window her hip caught the edge of the side table, causing the brass vase to clatter to the ground.’
    • ‘She flicked her hair over her shoulder, placed her hands on her hips and met each of their gazes one by one.’
    • ‘She planted her hands on her hips, meeting his eyes evenly.’
    • ‘You need to stretch the entire body because a tight hip on one side can contribute to a low back problem on the other!’
    • ‘Also, don't use your upper body to assist the movement; you should feel it in the upper hip of the bottom leg.’
    • ‘Keeping left leg immobile, use upper hip muscles of right leg to lift leg back up so pelvis and hips are level.’
    • ‘Leave your hand on the wall and turn your body so the right hip and shoulder face the wall.’
    • ‘I pulled my shirt back over my stomach and put a hand on my hip, eyebrow raised.’
    • ‘Place a dumbbell to the right of a flat bench, then lie facedown on the bench so torso is at top, hips at the edge.’
    • ‘Through its Sagittarius connection, Jupiter rules the hips, the pelvis, the thighs, and the sciatic nerve.’
    • ‘Reaching for the pitcher on the nightstand, he poured a glass of water, then propped a hip on the edge of the bed.’
    • ‘The incision made over the hip (iliac crest region) is approximately five to eight centimeters long.’
    • ‘Murray ran for the door, hardly even noticing when he rammed his hip against a table edge.’
    • ‘Make sure that your baby's ears, shoulders and hips are positioned in a straight line.’
    • ‘Those razor sharp hips sliced the air as he moved in time to the music.’
    • ‘Vixen placed her hands on her hips and one eye brow rose as she stopped at the hallway near the mini bar and only a few meters away was Harvey.’
    • ‘The lap strap should go under your belly, across your hips, and as high as possible on your thighs.’
    • ‘The patient is secured to the OR bed with wide tape at the chest, hips, and legs.’
    • ‘With hands on their hips they thrust their pelvises, putting Elvis to shame.’
    • ‘Not only was there damage to my hip, but my pelvis had been fractured as well.’
    pelvis, hindquarters, haunches, thighs, loins, buttocks, posterior, rear
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    1. 1.1The circumference of the body at the buttocks.
      ‘a dark girl with big hips’
      • ‘She wore no coat and a pair of old, ragged shorts hugged her slim hips.’
      • ‘The ideal shape has a deep V-neck and is long enough to cover the hips and bottom.’
      • ‘Then Lastri related how customers would frequently touch or brush against her hips and buttocks.’
      • ‘This workout targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, buttocks, upper hips, inner thighs and calves.’
      • ‘The low waistline hugged her hips and the skirt was not heavy or overflowing.’
      • ‘She has a 52 in bust, 64 in hips, and the circumference of her arms is 22 in.’
      • ‘The message that large hips are healthy follows a drive by some high street stores to recognise that big is beautiful.’
      • ‘If you carry most of your fat around your hips and thighs or lower body, you're considered to be pear-shaped.’
      • ‘The costume fit snugly around her obvious curves at the waist, hips, and upper chest.’
      • ‘But there was Mac, with her height, wide hips, and generous backside and chest.’
      • ‘If you're a bit heavy and feel that a tapered hem makes your hips or upper thighs look bigger, try a straight leg style instead.’
      • ‘The third group is composed of patients that have a mild amount of excess in the belly, hips, thighs and sagging buttocks.’
      • ‘The royal family are shown with elongated skulls and pear-shaped bodies with skinny torsos and arms but fuller hips, stomachs and thighs.’
      • ‘She had an fine body, even though she was a tad wider in the hips and behind area then fashion models, mind you, she did eat.’
      • ‘Only four and a half feet tall, she had enormous hips and buttocks, but otherwise normal body parts.’
      • ‘As Graham followed her swaying hips inside, he had to fight with his body for control.’
      • ‘Their backsides, hips and thighs are also larger.’
      • ‘If your hips, buttocks or thighs start to have an unsightly rippled look, use Celutrol's massage glove.’
      • ‘Begin by tightening your buttocks and lifting your hips off the floor.’
      • ‘They have the option of the ‘comfort fit’ jeans, which are cut to hide a generous waistline and ample hips.’
    2. 1.2A person's hip joint.
      ‘she dislocated her hip’
      • ‘The participants' height, weight, and bone mineral density of the hip, spine, and whole body also were assessed.’
      • ‘Excess weight puts added stress on joints in your back, hips, knees and feet.’
      • ‘As the disease progresses, your shoulders, elbows, hips, jaw and neck can become involved.’
      • ‘Try to do the following to reduce the stress on painful joints in your feet, knees, hips and back.’
      • ‘This wear-and-tear type of arthritis most commonly affects joints in the hands, hips, knees, neck and lower back.’
      • ‘During the course of his examination, you note a mild convexity in the thoracic region of his spine with forward flexion at the hips.’
      • ‘He gave no history of injury or surgery to either hips or pelvis.’
      • ‘She was walking a bit funny, as if she'd dislocated or broken her hip and it had healed on its own.’
      • ‘I don't know about that, but pregnancy does make the ligaments and tendons in the hips and pelvis looser.’
      • ‘The range of internal and external rotation of the hips should be measured with the child prone and knees flexed to 90 degrees.’
      • ‘The main joints of the body - found at the hip, shoulders, elbows, knees, wrists, and ankles - are freely movable.’
      • ‘She sustained serious injuries including a broken ankle, pelvis, hip and injuries to the spine.’
      • ‘While maintaining a stable front leg, bend the back knee under the hip, moving the body in a downward (not forward) motion.’
      • ‘The small joints of the hands are affected as well as the weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, ankles, feet, and neck.’
      • ‘All I remember was a red car smashing in to me, then a sharp pain in my hips.’
      • ‘Ewing's sarcoma usually originates in the legs, hips, pelvis, ribs or arms.’
      • ‘It is now possible to replace almost all the joints of the body, including hips, knees, elbows, shoulders, ankles, and fingers.’
      • ‘Doctors then found more cancer in her hip, lungs and pelvis.’
      • ‘A sharp pain in my hip was brought to my attention as I moved further back.’
      • ‘This pain can spread to the upper back and neck or buttocks and hips.’
  • 2The sharp edge of a roof from the ridge to the eaves where the two sides meet.

    [as modifier] ‘hip tiles’
    • ‘One option is to build a coffered ceiling which will raise the ceiling height and allow you to use the hip side as part of the ceiling.’
    • ‘With the possible exception of Feature 1 at Vaughn Branch, all appear to have been vertical walled, with hip or gable roofs.’
    • ‘Did you know that the hip tiles on this roof were arris hip tiles?’
    • ‘Following the line of the inverted roof hips, they support its outer corners to the east.’
    • ‘Start at the eaves of the hip, with a double layer of shingles, and work your way up to the ridge using the standard 5 inch exposure.’

Phrases

  • be joined at the hip

    • informal (of two people) be inseparable.

      • ‘Louise and Pamela were the best of friends and joined at the hip.’
      • ‘People rely so much on these accursed contraptions, they have become joined at the hip.’
      • ‘Referring to their relationship at DubbelJoint, Ms Jones said that ‘someone described Marie and I as joined at the hip creatively’.’
      • ‘It makes one wonder whether the aforementioned Major and Graveney were once joined at the hip.’
      • ‘However much politics and pop culture have gone together in the past, and that's debatable, they've never been joined at the hip.’
      • ‘Kathleen added: ‘They had a very emotional reunion and have been joined at the hip ever since.’’
      • ‘This symbiotic working relationship ensures that the couple are neither separated for days at a time nor joined at the hip.’
      • ‘We are joined at the hip in this business, and one guy can't wave a magic wand.’
      • ‘The Germans and French aren't joined at the hip forever.’
      • ‘Yet ever since the election was called, the first and second lords of the Treasury have been joined at the hip.’
  • on the hip

    • archaic At a disadvantage.

Origin

Old English hype, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heup and German Hüfte, also to hop.

Pronunciation:

hip

/hɪp/

Main definitions of hip in English

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(also rose hip)

noun

  • The fruit of a rose, especially a wild kind.

    ‘the hips and haws in the hedges’
    hep
    • ‘The fall brings bright orange rose hips to decorate the bush.’
    • ‘Then we scramble down the slope to the stony beach, and nibble on wild rose hips.’
    • ‘The hips of shrub roses make a colorful display, while southern magnolia has large seedpods with glowing red berries.’
    • ‘Developing rose hips and seeds above the girdling will die.’
    • ‘Rosa rugosa alba has white flowers and huge orange hips, while R rugosa scabrosa has pink flowers and tomato-red hips.’
    • ‘Less well known is rose hip soup, a sweet, cold soup high in vitamin C, traditionally served during the long winter months when fruits are scarce.’
    • ‘And the vitamin C content is among the highest for any plant - fourth after rose hips, hot chili pepper and sweet red pepper.’
    • ‘You can avoid caffeine by choosing green teas such as Chinese Gunpowder, and herbal teas with rose hips, chamomile, peppermint and raspberry.’
    • ‘After the flowers fade, they produce large orange or red hips that may reach an inch across.’
    • ‘It is remarkably rich in vitamin C, outdoing even rose hips in this respect and having a twentyfold advantage over oranges, weight for weight.’
    • ‘Lemon juice bleaches the color; try rose hips instead.’
    • ‘Permit rose hips to remain on the shrub as food for overwintering birds and color interest in an otherwise dull winter garden.’
    • ‘In autumn, the flowers are transformed into small bright orange hips.’
    • ‘Filled with the energy of a season's growth, hips and berries are certainly the fruit of a plant's labour.’
    • ‘Evening primrose, wheat germ, and rose hip seed oils all make fine additives to this mask.’
    • ‘You can even make rose hip tea for yourself and your guests!’
    • ‘The hedgerows are rich with fruit, elderberries, blackberries, sloes, hips and damsons.’
    • ‘And like the apple or most any fruit, the hip can be used in several ways by the successful gardener.’
    • ‘Crab apples were used as were sloes, rose hips and rowan berries.’
    • ‘Allow the dead flowers to form hips, which helps signal the plants that winter's coming.’

Origin

Old English hēope, hīope, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch joop and German Hiefe.

Pronunciation:

hip

/hɪp/

Main definitions of hip in English

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adjective

informal
  • 1Very fashionable.

    ‘it's hip to be environmentally conscious’
    • ‘After Dil Chahta Hai, this is Aamir's latest attempt at a cool and hip flick.’
    • ‘Aimed at the youth, the designers promise a young, funky and hip look in their collections.’
    • ‘I first spotted it on goobita a while back, but now it's all the rage with the hip groovy kids of Britain.’
    • ‘I guess they'll ‘get it’ on the repeat and I'll look hip and groovy.’
    • ‘‘Shiny, 24-year-old people who were all very hip and cool were going into this thing,’ he said.’
    • ‘You could be wearing the most fashionable, hip outfit, and you will still look like a doofus when you're on vacation.’
    • ‘I didn't want to bring this up, but, you know - revolutionaries as we have known them were anything but trendy, hip people.’
    • ‘I'd like to say I bought them specially for the party, being far too hip and funky to ever have such items of clothing in my wardrobe, but I can't.’
    • ‘She and Jonze married in 1999, in front of a hip crowd peppered with designer rock and fashion icons.’
    • ‘The new look is very cool, very hip, with lots of good pictures.’
    • ‘They are empty, overly wholesome fodder that only give off the ‘aura’ of being hip and fashionable.’
    • ‘Yes, we deliberately chose people who were high profile, and also yes, quite cool and quite hip and quite witty.’
    • ‘The atmospheres that you dance around in looks very hip and trendy and is, obviously, quite fitting to the theme of the game.’
    • ‘Which bands are hip young things with cool haircuts currently referencing?’
    • ‘It was might cool place where all the hip cats and dudes hangout.’
    • ‘I bought a packet at the weekend, and it now comes in a new funky, hip packaging.’
    • ‘But now it's a fashionable district of hip bars and restaurants, full of restored synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and kosher restaurants.’
    • ‘It's fun, bubbly and wonderful to look at, a real treat for the eyes and ears in a totally groovy, hip kind of way.’
    • ‘She can be hip and happening and studious at the same time.’
    • ‘In today's culture, it's very hip and very cool to be seen as a person who is searching for ‘truth.’’
    in fashion, in vogue, voguish, Popular, up to the minute, modern, all the rage, modish, trendsetting
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  • 2Aware of or informed about.

    ‘he's trying to show how hip he is to Americana’
    • ‘He's hip to what he calls "the game" the music business has evolved into.’
    • ‘I thought it was some new street slang that I wasn't yet hip to.’

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

hip

/hɪp/

Main definitions of hip in English

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(also hip hip)

exclamation

  • Used to introduce a communal cheer.

    ‘hip hip hooray!’
    • ‘Hip Hip Hooray! OK, Dad is out of the woods. He was moved on Monday to the "Transitional Care Unit" (rehab floor).’
    • ‘Neil was born today, hip-hip hooray!’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

hip

/hɪp/

Main definitions of hip in English

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HIP

noun

  • (formerly in the UK) a set of information about a house or flat that a seller must provide to a potential buyer.

Origin

Abbreviation of home information pack.

Pronunciation:

HIP

/hɪp/