The bones of a human hip.



  • The outward-projecting parts of the pelvis and top of the femur and the overlying tissue.
  • The inclined external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.
  • In a bridge truss, the place where an inclined end post meets the top chord.
  • A drug addict, especially someone addicted to a narcotic like heroin.
  • The fruit of a rose.


  • To use one's hips to bump into someone.
  • To throw (one's adversary) over one's hip ("cross-buttock").
  • To dislocate or sprain the hip of, to fracture or injure the hip bone of (a quadruped) in such a manner as to produce a permanent depression of that side.
  • To make with a hip or hips, as a roof.
  • To inform, to make knowledgeable.



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  • From Middle English hipe, hupe, from Old English hype, from Proto-Germanic *hupiz (compare Dutch heup, Low German Huop, German Hüfte), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱewb- (compare Welsh cysgu ("to sleep"), Latin cubāre ("to lie"), Ancient Greek κύβος ("hollow in the hips"), Albanian sup ("shoulder"), Sanskrit शुप्ति ("shoulder")), from *ḱew-. More at high. The sense "drug addict" derives from addicts lying on their hips while using certain drugs such as opium.
  • From Middle English hepe, heppe, hipe, from Old English hēope, from Proto-Germanic *heupǭ (compare Dutch joop, German Hiefe, Faroese hjúpa), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱewb- ("briar, thorn") (compare Old Prussian kaāubri ("thorn"), Lithuanian kaubre ("heap")).
  • Unknown or disputed. Probably a variant of hep#Adjective; both forms are attested from the first decade of the 20th century. Some sources suggest derivation from Wolof hepi ("to see") or hipi.{{cite-book
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  • Others suggest connection to the noun, as opium smokers were said to lie on a hip#Etymology 1. Neither of these suggestions is widely accepted, however.

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