From early modern German Hüfte (“hips”), plural of Huft (“hip”), itself with paragogic -t from Middle High German huf, from Old High German huf, from Proto-Germanic *hupiz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeu̯bh₂-. Cognate with Dutch heup, English hip, Danish hofte.
Hüfte f (genitive Hüfte, plural Hüften)
- The German singular may refer to a person’s left or right hip, or to both hips collectively. Hence, one can say that someone has eine breite Hüfte or breite Hüften (“wide hips”) with no change in meaning.
- Hüfte in Duden online