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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.

    ‘Not only was there damage to my hip, but my pelvis had been fractured as well.’
    • ‘Keeping left leg immobile, use upper hip muscles of right leg to lift leg back up so pelvis and hips are level.’
    • ‘The incision made over the hip is approximately five to eight centimeters long.’
    • ‘You need to stretch the entire body because a tight hip on one side can contribute to a low back problem on the other!’
    • ‘Leave your hand on the wall and turn your body so the right hip and shoulder face the wall.’
    • ‘Make sure that your baby's ears, shoulders and hips are positioned in a straight line.’
    • ‘Don't use your upper body to assist the movement; you should feel it in the upper hip of the bottom leg.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    pelvis, hindquarters, haunches, thighs, loins, buttocks, posterior, rear
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    1. 1.1hipsThe circumference of the body at the buttocks.
      ‘I have big hips and thighs’
      • ‘They have the option of the ‘comfort fit’ jeans, which are cut to hide a generous waistline and ample hips.’
      • ‘The ideal shape has a deep V-neck and is long enough to cover the hips and bottom.’
      • ‘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 third group is composed of patients that have a mild amount of excess in the belly, hips, thighs and buttocks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some women have wide hips.’
      • ‘What exercises shrink your hips? ’
      • ‘It's healthier to carry weight around your hips and bottom than it is around your middle.’
      • ‘I have strong shoulders and narrow hips.’
    2. 1.2A person's hip joint.
      ‘she dislocated her hip’
      • ‘She was walking a bit funny, as if she'd dislocated her hip and it had healed on its own.’
      • ‘It is now possible to replace almost all the joints of the body, including hips, knees, elbows, shoulders, ankles, and fingers.’
      • ‘As the disease progresses, your shoulders, elbows, hips, jaw and neck can become involved.’
      • ‘The small joints of the hands are affected as well as the weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, ankles, feet, and neck.’
      • ‘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.

    as modifier ‘hip tiles’
    • ‘Did you know that the hip tiles on this roof were arris hip tiles?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Following the line of the inverted roof hips, they support its outer corners to the east.’
    • ‘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.

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

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(also rose hip)

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noun

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

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

Origin

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

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adjectivehipper, hippest

informal
  • 1Very fashionable.

    • ‘it's hip to be environmentally conscious’
    • ‘But now it's a fashionable district of hip bars and restaurants, full of restored synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and kosher restaurants.’
    • ‘They are empty, overly wholesome fodder that only give off the ‘aura’ of being hip and fashionable.’
    • ‘You could be wearing the most fashionable, hip outfit, and you will still look like a doofus when you're on vacation.’
    • ‘‘Shiny, 24-year-old people who were all very hip and cool were going into this thing,’ he said.’
    • ‘Which bands are hip young things with cool haircuts currently referencing?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After Dil Chahta Hai, this is Aamir's latest attempt at a cool and hip flick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aimed at the youth, the designers promise a young, funky and hip look in their collections.’
    • ‘I bought a packet at the weekend, and it now comes in a new funky, hip packaging.’
    • ‘I guess they'll ‘get it’ on the repeat and I'll look hip and groovy.’
    • ‘I first spotted it on goobita a while back, but now it's all the rage with the hip groovy kids of Britain.’
    • ‘In today's culture, it's very hip and very cool to be seen as a person who is searching for ‘truth.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was might cool place where all the hip cats and dudes hangout.’
    • ‘She and Jonze married in 1999, in front of a hip crowd peppered with designer rock and fashion icons.’
    • ‘She can be hip and happening and studious at the same time.’
    • ‘The new look is very cool, very hip, with lots of good pictures.’
    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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  • 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

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(also hip hip)

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exclamation

  • Used to introduce a communal cheer.

    ‘hip hip hooray!’
    • ‘Neil was born today, 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).’

Origin

Mid 18th century of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

hip

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nounHIPs

  • (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

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