noun (1)
\ ˈhīp How to pronounce hype (audio) \

Definition of hype

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 slang : a narcotics addict
2 slang : hypodermic


verb (1)
hyped; hyping

Definition of hype (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : stimulate, enliven usually used with up hyping herself up for the game
2 : increase


verb (2)
hyped; hyping

Definition of hype (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

2 : to promote or publicize extravagantly hyping this fall's TV lineup


noun (2)

Definition of hype (Entry 4 of 5)

2 : publicity especially : promotional publicity of an extravagant or contrived kind all the hype before the boxing match



Definition of hype (Entry 5 of 5)


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Verb (1)

hyped-up \ ˈhīpt-​ˈəp How to pronounce hype (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for hype

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Examples of hype in a Sentence

Adjective a couple of the tracks on the album feature some really hype vocals

First Known Use of hype

Noun (1)

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

circa 1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1989, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hype

Noun (1)

by shortening & alteration from hypodermic

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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“Hype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hype. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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