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Slang

hip

This page is about the slang term hip

Meaning

trendy, stylish, fashionable among young people

For example

  • It's hip for young guys to look cute and a bit "fem" these days, so many are taking good care of their skin and spending a lot on clothes and haircuts.

  • When we were young smoking was hip, but these days it's not so hip to smell of cigarettes and damage your lungs.

Origin: Many etymologists believe that the terms hip, hep and hepcat (e.g., jazz musicians' now cliched "hip cat") derive from the west African Wolof language word hepicat, which means "one who has his eyes open". (from Wikipedia)

Quick Quiz

There's a hip new club in the centre of Tokyo where all the

a. old people with hip problems go

b. cool and trendy young people go

c. middle-aged businessmen go

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Contributor: Matt Errey