: highly excited : upset

Examples of het up in a Sentence

John can get all het up about politics. What are you so het up about?
Recent Examples on the Web So why has the Chanel version gotten people so het up? New York Times, 6 Dec. 2021 Something about unfolding Bennifer events, this rekindling of an old flame, has got all of us het up. Raven Smith, Vogue, 16 June 2021 In a normal December, people would be more concerned with the holidays and a busy schedule and wouldn't get this het up with Congress. Arkansas Online, 28 Dec. 2020 Cultural appropriation is one of the issues that gets hft most het up. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2020 Looking at the schedule for London, which kicks off tomorrow, there’s a pretty meaningful amount of exciting menswear action to get het up about. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 3 Jan. 2019 Open to charges of sacrilege, though interestingly the digital watchdogs of this world seemed too busy picking their collective jaws up off the floor in amazement to get het up about it. New York Times, 8 May 2018

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Word History


het, dialect past of heat

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of het up was in 1909

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“Het up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/het%20up. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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het up

: highly excited : upset
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