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Definition hep

Etymology 1

Shortening.

Noun

hep (uncountable)

  1. (informal) hepatitis.
  2. Abbreviation of high-energy physics.

Etymology 2

Alteration of hip.

Noun

hep (plural heps)

  1. (obsolete) A hip of a rose; a rosehip.

Etymology 3

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.

Adjective

hep (comparative more hep, superlative most hep)

  1. (dated, US slang) Aware, up-to-date.
  2. (dated, US slang) Cool, hip, sophisticated.
Verb

hep (third-person singular simple present heps, present participle hepping, simple past and past participle hepped)

  1. (dated, US slang) To make aware of.

Etymology 4

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.

Interjection

hep

  1. (historical) A rallying cry in attacks on the Jewish people.
Noun

hep (uncountable)

  1. (usually reduplicated) An instance of crying hep!, especially as a call to attack Jewish people.

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