bip·​py ˈbi-pē How to pronounce bippy (audio)
variants or less commonly bippie
plural bippies
US slang
used euphemistically for an unspecified part of the body; generally understood as equivalent to butt or ass
Waiting for spring in Seattle is like waiting for the hot water to start in the shower: You know it's gonna get here, but you could freeze your bippy off waiting.Jon Hahn, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 14 May 1996
usually used with bet
"This his recipe for the veal?" "Bet your bippy, Pete."Tom Clancy, The Teeth of the Tiger, 2003
Nobody has flat-out said Benitez and Wilson are competing for the job this spring, but you can bet your sweet bippy that is exactly how it will go down.Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Feb. 2007
That means that as screen sizes will grow, more of us will be tempted to use our spare moments to watch YouTube on the go, instead of at our computers. At least, that's what a lot of companies are betting their sweet bippies on.Chicago Tribune, 22 Aug. 2006
Dallas plays Kansas City, and you can bet your bippie they'll be selling a lot of hot dogs.Dallas Morning News, 4 July 2008

Word History


probably originally a nonsense word, used in the phrase "You bet your sweet bippy!", denoting an unspecified body part

Note: The line "You bet your (sweet) bippy!" was popularized in the American television show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, which ran from January 1968 to March 1973. George Schlatter, the executive producer of the show, said the following about the word: "Our shows are gone through quite thoroughly for taste. What upsets most of the critics are the jokes they don't understand, and that's more of an educational problem than a taste problem. We say things like 'You bet your bippy!' or 'You bet your nurdle!' I'm sure some people attach a dirty connotation to those words. We don't even know what they mean; they're just funny" (quoted in Joan Barthel, "Hilarious, Brash, Flat, Peppery, Repetitious, Topical and in Borderline Taste," New York Times Magazine, 6 Oct. 1968). The hypothesis that the word was borrowed from Yiddish pipik/pupik "navel" has not been confirmed.

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bippy was in 1967

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“Bippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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