Meaning of “hip” in the English Dictionary

"hip" in British English

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hipnoun [ C ]

uk /hɪp/ us /hɪp/

hip noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

B2 the area below the waist and above the legs at either side of the body, or the joint that connects the leg to the upper part of the body:

This exercise is designed to trim your hips and stomach.
The skirt was a bit tight across the hips.

More examples

  • The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint.
  • She has a rheumatic hip.
  • Her hip has been troublesome for quite a while, and she'll probably need surgery on it.
  • His hip had to be x-rayed to see if it was forming properly.
  • With a wiggle of her hips, she pulled up the trousers.

hipadjective

uk /hɪp/ us /hɪp/ hipper, hippest informal

hipexclamation

uk /hɪp/ us /hɪp/

(Definition of “hip” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hip" in American English

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hipnoun [ C ]

us /hɪp/

hip noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

the part on either side of the body where the legs are attached to the upper part of the body, or either of the joints at the pelvis (= bowl-shaped bones) where the legs are attached:

Arthritis is causing pain and stiffness in your hips.

hipadjective

us /hɪp/ -pp- approving slang

hip adjective (KNOWING)

knowing a lot about what the most modern fashions are, esp. in music, social behavior, and styles of clothes

(Definition of “hip” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"Hip" in Business English

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Hipnoun [ C ]

uk us FINANCE, PROPERTY

abbreviation for Home income plan: in the UK, an arrangement in which someone receives a regular income from the equity in their home (= its value if it were sold and any loans were paid back):

Generally, you have to be 65 or over and own a house worth £60,000 to qualify for a Hip, but rules vary from firm to firm.

(Definition of “Hip” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)