Hip - Juba to Jive Definition

Greg Freerksen gfreerksen@SBCGLOBAL.NET
Wed Nov 10 07:52:37 EST 2004

Hip; hipping adj., v. (1700s-1900s) hepi ["to see] hipi ["to open one's
eyes"] (Wolof); correct term is "hip," not "hep"; sophisticated,
independent, and wise; in fashion, alert, and courageous.  Some of its
popularity diminished in the sixties.

Clarence Major, Juba to Jive A Dictionary of African-American Slang (1970)

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