- (informal) hepatitis.
- Abbreviation of high-energy physics.
Alteration of hip.
hep (plural heps)
- (obsolete) A hip of a rose; a rosehip.
US slang of unknown or disputed origin, first recorded 1903. Robert Gold suggested that it is a variant of hip, from white jazz fans’ mishearing African American musicians, but hep is attested earlier than hip. Jonathon Green suggests a connection to a 19th century interjection used to drive horses; compare gee up.
hep (comparative more hep, superlative most hep)
- (dated, US slang) Aware, up-to-date.
- (dated, US slang) Cool, hip, sophisticated.
hep (third-person singular simple present heps, present participle hepping, simple past and past participle hepped)
- (dated, US slang) To make aware of.
From German hep or Hepp-Hepp, an interjection used to attack Jewish people. The origin of the German source is unknown, but may come from a goatherd’s call.
- (historical) A rallying cry in attacks on the Jewish people.
- (usually reduplicated) An instance of crying hep!, especially as a call to attack Jewish people.