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Definition of hip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    hip

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    noun
    BrE BrE//hɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪp//
     
    Body parts
     
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  1. 1   the area at either side of the body between the top of the leg and the waist; the joint at the top of the leg She stood with her hands on her hips. These jeans are too tight around the hips. a hip replacement operation the hip bone She broke her hip in the fall. CollocationsPhysical appearance A person may be described as having:Eyes (bright) blue/​green/(dark/​light) brown/​hazel eyes deep-set/​sunken/​bulging/​protruding eyes small/​beady/​sparkling/​twinkling/(informal) shifty eyes piercing/​penetrating/​steely eyes bloodshot/​watery/​puffy eyes bushy/​thick/​dark/​raised/​arched eyebrows long/​dark/​thick/​curly/​false eyelashes/​lashesFace a flat/​bulbous/​pointed/​sharp/​snub nose a straight/​a hooked/​a Roman/(formal) an aquiline nose full/​thick/​thin/​pouty lips dry/​chapped/​cracked lips flushed/​rosy/​red/​ruddy/​pale cheeks soft/​chubby/​sunken cheeks white/​perfect/​crooked/​protruding teeth a large/​high/​broad/​wide/​sloping forehead a strong/​weak/​pointed/​double chin a long/​full/​bushy/​wispy/​goatee beard a long/​thin/​bushy/​droopy/​handlebar/​pencil moustache/ (especially US English) mustacheHair and skin pale/​fair/​olive/​dark/​tanned skin dry/​oily/​smooth/​rough/​leathery/​wrinkled skin a dark/​pale/​light/​sallow/​ruddy/​olive/​swarthy/​clear complexion deep/​fine/​little/​facial wrinkles blonde/​blond/​fair/(light/​dark) brown/(jet-)black/​auburn/​red/(British English) ginger/​grey hair straight/​curly/​wavy/​frizzy/​spiky hair thick/​thin/​fine/​bushy/​thinning hair dyed/​bleached/​soft/​silky/​dry/​greasy/​shiny hair long/​short/​shoulder-length/​cropped hair a bald/​balding/​shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/​spot a side/​centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/​short/​thick/​slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/​narrow/​sloping/​rounded/​hunched shoulders a bare/​broad/​muscular/​small/​large chest a flat/​swollen/​bulging stomach a small/​tiny/​narrow/​slim/​slender/28-inch waist big/​wide/​narrow/​slim hips a straight/​bent/​arched/​broad/​hairy back thin/​slender/​muscular arms big/​large/​small/​manicured/​calloused/​gloved hands long/​short/​fat/​slender/​delicate/​bony fingers long/​muscular/​hairy/​shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/​spindly legs muscular/​chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/​little/​small/​dainty/​wide/​narrow/​bare feet a good/​a slim/​a slender/​an hourglass figure be of slim/​medium/​average/​large/​athletic/​stocky build See related entries: Body parts
  2. 2-hipped (in adjectives) having hips of the size or shape mentioned large-hipped slim-hipped More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet.
  3. 3 (also rose hip) the red fruit that grows on some types of wild rose bush
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 Old English hype, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heup and German Hüfte, also to hop (verb). noun sense 3 Old English hēope, hīope, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch joop and German Hiefe.Extra examples Don’t carry money or documents in your hip pocket. He had his leg amputated at the hip. He leaned casually against the door frame, hands on hips. He put his hands on his hips and sighed. He took a swig of whisky from his hip flask. Her hips had spread since having a baby. Her hips were still narrow like a girl’s. Her hips were swaying seductively in time to the music. My grandmother’s having a hip replacement. She was carrying a baby on her hip. She was wearing a short blue dress, belted across the hips. She wiggled her hips seductively as she walked. The gun could be fired from the shoulder or from the hip. The skirt is slit to the hip on one side. Twist your hips in your opponent’s direction as you punch.Idioms to react quickly without thinking carefully first
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