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

  • adj. Having hips, especially of a given kind. Often used in combination: slim-hipped; large-hipped.
  • adj. Slang Interested or preoccupied to a great degree: He is hipped on photography.
  • adj. Chiefly British Melancholy; depressed.

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  • adj. Having hips or a feature resembling hips.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of hip.
  • adj. Aware, informed.
  • adj. Interested.
  • adj. Depressed.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of hip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat hypochondriac; melancholy. See hyppish.
  • adj. having hips; or, having hips of a specified type; -- used in combination.
  • adj. peaked and having sloping ends rather than gables; -- of roofs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the hip sprained or dislocated.
  • Rendered melancholy; melancholy; mopish. Also spelled hipt and hypt.
  • Having hips: said of a roof, or of one end of a roof. A roof may be hipped at one end and gabled at the other.

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

  • adj. (of a roof) sloping on all sides
  • adj. having hips; or having hips as specified (usually in combination)


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

Probably from hip, to make aware, from hip2.
Shortening and alteration of hypochondriac.

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hip (“anatomy sense”) +‎ -ed

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From hip (verb)

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See hip (Etymology 3)

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Compare hippish.


  • "Lord love you!" said he at last, seeing me thus "hipped" -- "don't be downhearted -- don't be dashed afore you begin; we can't all be gen'uses -- it aren't to be expected, but some on us is a good deal better than most and that's something arter all.

    The Broad Highway

  • I'd never seen that use of "hipped" before; I knew it only as a synonym for "tired."

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  • In practicing the neglect of the sensations, one should not allow his mind to dwell on the possibility that he is overlooking something serious, but rather on the danger of his becoming "hipped," a prey to his own doubts and fears, and unable to accomplish anything in life beyond catering to his own morbid fancies.

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  • He was a sort of 'hipped' character, and believed that he could not walk, if he were to try ever so much.

    The Lighthouse

  • But he was very melancholy and Mrs. Hopkins declared to old Mrs. Twentyman that the young squire was "hipped," -- "along of his lady love," as she thought.

    The American Senator

  • Sehwag let a couple go by, 'hipped' one away and then reverse swept him magnificently past point.

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  • And if it were the last word I utter, all that happened over that has 'hipped' me more than anything. "

    Sparrows: the story of an unprotected girl

  • Doris dreams of escape, of finding those she has loved and lost, of returning home to her motherland: England. rydra_wong first hipped me to Bernadine Evaristo, I am glad to see her published in the US. made a syn feed for her blog, bevaristo.


  • Earlier in the month the Schnitzel Truck threw competition to the wind, and hipped everyone to a brand new vendor hitting the scene called Frites N Meats.

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  • For those who need to be hipped, Bugattis are the little French-made bugs that conjure images of Cary Grant tooling down windy roads on the Riviera, or of Jay Gatsby vamping it up in the fictional "West Egg."

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  • Nabokov has some interesting observations about the word hyp (which I assume this "hipped" is related to) in his commentary to Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Ch. 1, stanza xxxviii, where Pushkin diagnoses Onegin's boredom: "A malady . . . similar to the English spleen, / in short, the Russian khandra / was getting hold of him little by little." Nabokov has this to say:

    "Handrá N.'s transliteration, 'chondria,' and spleen, 'hyp,' illustrate a neat division of linguistic labor on the part of two nations, both famed for ennui, the English choosing 'hypo' and the Russian 'chondria.' There is, of course, nothing especially or time-significant about hypochondria (in the initial large sense; and excluding the American connotation of maladie imaginaire). The spleen in England and ennui in France came into fashion about the middle of the seventeenth century, and throughout the next hundred years French innkeepers and Swiss mountain folk kept begging hypish Englishmen not to commit suicide on their premises or in their precipices—a drastic measure to which the endemic and more benign ennui did not lead."

    March 11, 2008

  • "Morbidly depressed; low-spirited." --A Sea of Words

    March 11, 2008