Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A style of music usually based on rap and often including elements of other styles such as funk or rhythm and blues.
  • noun An urban youth culture originating in the 1980s in New York City, involving such forms of expression as hip-hop music, b-boying, and graffiti art.
  • adjective Of or characteristic of hip-hop culture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • With hopping gait.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An Afro-American urban youth culture based on rap music, breakdancing etc
  • noun music rap (genre of music)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
  • noun an urban youth culture associated with rap music and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably hip + hop.]

Examples

  • Palestinian Muslim father and a Brazilian Catholic mother, Mr. Shama, a former graffiti writer who still paints - on canvas - in a style he describes as "hip-hop Cubist," is a fitting match for the school's diverse population: 52 percent Asian, 24 percent Hispanic, 16 percent white and 8 percent black.

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  • At one point in the real, he calls the hip-hop artist a "great poet and philosopher."

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  • And if you really love something the way I love that some thing called hip-hop, then we would be honest about it and not go on ego trips attacking an Ashley Judd for having the courage to say what we should be saying ourselves.

    Kevin Powell: Ashley Judd and Hip-Hop Culture

  • And if you really love something the way I love that some thing called hip-hop, then we would be honest about it and not go on ego trips attacking an Ashley Judd for having the courage to say what we should be saying ourselves.

    Kevin Powell: Ashley Judd and Hip-Hop Culture

  • And if you really love something the way I love that some thing called hip-hop, then we would be honest about it and not go on ego trips attacking an Ashley Judd for having the courage to say what we should be saying ourselves.

    Kevin Powell: Ashley Judd and Hip-Hop Culture

  • To his credit, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons provided Ashley Judd a space, on globalgrind.com, to squash any so-called hip-hop beef, a term I wish we hip-hop heads would discard once and for all.

    Kevin Powell: Ashley Judd and Hip-Hop Culture

  • And if you really love something the way I love that some thing called hip-hop, then we would be honest about it and not go on ego trips attacking an Ashley Judd for having the courage to say what we should be saying ourselves.

    Kevin Powell: Ashley Judd and Hip-Hop Culture

  • To his credit, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons provided Ashley Judd a space, on globalgrind.com, to squash any so-called hip-hop beef, a term I wish we hip-hop heads would discard once and for all.

    Kevin Powell: Ashley Judd and Hip-Hop Culture

  • To his credit, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons provided Ashley Judd a space, on globalgrind.com, to squash any so-called hip-hop beef, a term I wish we hip-hop heads would discard once and for all.

    Kevin Powell: Ashley Judd and Hip-Hop Culture

  • And if you really love something the way I love that some thing called hip-hop, then we would be honest about it and not go on ego trips attacking an Ashley Judd for having the courage to say what we should be saying ourselves.

    Kevin Powell: Ashley Judd and Hip-Hop Culture

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