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.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Did you know that the hip tiles on this roof were arris hip tiles?’
    • ‘With the possible exception of Feature 1 at Vaughn Branch, all appear to have been vertical walled, with hip or gable roofs.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • be joined at the hip

    • informal (of two people) be inseparable.

      • ‘However much politics and pop culture have gone together in the past, and that's debatable, they've never been 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’.’
      • ‘We are joined at the hip in this business, and one guy can't wave a magic wand.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People rely so much on these accursed contraptions, they have become joined at the hip.’
      • ‘Louise and Pamela were the best of friends and joined at the hip.’
      • ‘It makes one wonder whether the aforementioned Major and Graveney were once 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

/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.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hip

/hip//hɪp/

Main definitions of hip in English

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adjective

informal
  • 1Following the latest fashion, especially in popular music and clothes.

    ‘it's becoming hip to be environmentally conscious’
    • ‘Still ironing out the kinks, the populist cruise line is sort of a hip ferry: cheap, bare-bones, a bit ugly, and young.’
    • ‘For a lot of teens body piercing is a hip accessory or fashion statement.’
    • ‘And he's proving how hip he can be (at least for those of us who like 80s alternative music).’
    • ‘It's the hip thing for college kids to do these days.’
    • ‘So I'm trolling around all the usual suspect Web sites, asking friends, the whole thing and nobody knows a cute, hip place to stay.’
    • ‘Insincere ballads, calls to ‘rock 'n' roll man,’ and songs about that hip young lady just beyond their grasp populate this album.’
    • ‘People in Manhattan were scouring thrift stores for them; Hush Puppies were turning up in hip fashion shoots.’
    • ‘Well, the guy who made trucker hats hip trucks into Chicago.’
    • ‘It's now home to a pleasing selection of galleries, theatres, clothes stores, some excellent restaurants and hip bars.’
    • ‘Over the past few decades this traditionally Hispanic neighborhood has become an enclave of the city's hip culture.’
    • ‘Yeah, but as I say, I thought the grownups had the hip stuff anyway.’
    • ‘We felt brave and bracingly hip, bought belts with ‘City of Los Angeles’ tooled into the leather.’
    • ‘Even the ultra hip Tibook from Apple suffered from pathetic sound.’
    • ‘The hip population also makes shopping interesting.’
    • ‘In celebrity circles, the hip fashion accessory today is a swollen belly.’
    • ‘He had a bit of a mullet, which we preferred calling a ‘fashion mullet,’ because he was a hip guy.’
    • ‘Mannequins are being given a new look to showcase hip fashion trends.’
    • ‘Sunburst jewelry makes a hip gift for any chick on your list and, at only $16 a pop, the pins are totally affordable.’
    • ‘Such changes are doubtless inevitable, following the usual arc of once-neglected but now hip neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘Our knowing and respecting this truth should lead us to communicate neither in arcane nor in culturally hip fashion.’
    in fashion, in vogue, voguish, popular, up to date, bang up to date, up to the minute, modern, all the rage, modish, trendsetting
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    1. 1.1 Understanding; aware.
      ‘he's trying to show how hip he is to Americana’
      • ‘I thought it was some new street slang that I wasn't yet hip to.’
      • ‘He's hip to what he calls "the game" the music business has evolved into.’

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

hip

/hip//hɪp/

Main definitions of hip in English

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hip4

(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

/hip//hɪp/