—v.t. 1. to stimulate, excite, or agitate (usually fol. by up): She was hyped up at the thought of owning her own car. 2. to create interest in by flamboyant or dramatic methods; promote or publicize showily: a promoter who knows how to hype a prizefight. 3. to intensify (advertising, promotion, or publicity) by ingenious or questionable claims, methods, etc. (usually fol. by up).
4. to trick; gull.
—n. 1. exaggerated publicity; hoopla.
2. an ingenious or questionable claim, method, etc., used in advertising, promotion, or publicity to intensify the effect.
3. a swindle, deception, or trick.
Pronunciation: (hīp),[key] —n.Slang. 1. a hypodermic needle.
2. a drug addict, esp. one who uses a hypodermic needle.