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- Rhymes: -ɛp
Alteration of hip.
hep (plural heps)
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.
- (dated, US slang) To make aware of.
- I hepped him to the situation.
- (usually reduplicated) An instance of crying hep!, especially as a call to attack Jewish people.
- 1893, Emanuel Schreiber, Historians of Judaism in the Nineteenth Century, page 13:
- Let us hope that the modern “Hep-Hep” cry of Antisemitism of to-day will be accompanied by a similar level of Judaism.
- (colloquial) go! (in ready, set, go)
- (colloquial) used as a generic interjection to express desire or surprise or to attract attention to what is said after
This adverb can function as a pronoun, taking several possessive forms: hepimiz (“all of us”), hepiniz (“all of you”), and, irregularly, for the third person singular, hepsi (“all of it”). These forms may then also take case endings, just like regular pronouns.