The Addictionary of Oxford English: Hip

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Definition of hip (adjective) in English:

 Hip


1 [adjective] very fashionable

“I’m so hip I throw mine out at least once per week.” – Oxford English


Hip Quotes about Oxford English

“Oxford’s obsessed with Project Runway. That old codger’s always trying his best to be hip and keep up with every trend. We can’t even walk past an M&S without him stopping at the window and critiquing every article of clothing he sees, like he actually knows what he’s talking about. One time, he spent eight hours in the discount racks talking about why they didn’t sell at full price. I’m fairly certain half his credit card debt comes from Saks Fifth Avenue.” – Emily English IV (Wife du Jour)

“Oxford’s been keeping up with every dance move since the Twist. Problem is, the older he gets, the more he looks like that dancing codger from those old Six Flags commercials. Don’t even get me started on weddings. Back in ’97, when we got married, he insisted on using the Macarena for our first dance. ‘We can’t pick something classy, dear!’ He said. ‘My Heart Will Go On isn’t trendy! It’s not hip enough!’ Later in the night, he insisted they play it on repeat. With all the drinking and dancing, he ended up in the hospital from dehydration. Oh, well. At least I talked him out of “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls.” Sarah Jane Rumple-English (Ex-Wife #47)

“Ironically, and probably to his own detriment, Oxford English loves the Tragically Hip. Flew all the way to Ontario to see them.  After the show, he comes limping into my bar with a balding guy with a man bun holding him up. He takes one look at me and says, ‘What’s the 411 in this one horse hamlet, my fine maple-scented brother?’ I almost called the cops, thinking he escaped from an Alzheimer’s ward or something. Turns out he was just some weird old dude who heard ‘The youths enjoy the hookah quite a bit’ and wanted to try it for himself. I set up a pipe for him and his friend. But… they started doing lines of coke on the table, and that was the end of that. He insisted he thought it was legal because people told him there was a lot of snow in Canada.”  (Owner of Hipsters’ Hideout and Hookah Bar in Kitchener, Ontario)

“You ever seen Uncle Oxford’s Instagram? It’s mortifying. He thinks he’s so posh. So hip. Newsflash, old man! Once you start growing hair out your nose and ears, it’s time to give it up! All he does is post photos of his Costa order… As if anyone hip actually goes to Costa anymore. Brianna English (Great-Niece #3)


Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.


Pronunciation

hip/hɪp/


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