Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang One who is exceptionally aware of or interested in the latest trends and tastes, especially a devotee of modern jazz.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of Bohemian counterculture.
  • n. An aficionado of jazz who considers himself or herself to be hip.
  • n. Underwear with an elastic waistband at hip level.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person who is hip{2}, a..

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

Etymologies

hip +‎ -ster (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Etymologists are uncertain about exactly when the word hippie came into existence, although it is clearly a variation of the term hipster, which had been in use during the forties, in reference to devotees of jazz music.

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  • Better than being a Willy-style trustafarian drug-addled fixie-luvin 'dirty boy band hipster who don't know where the term hipster originated (Beat generation; jazz).

    Waylon Lewis: Money Magazine Names Eco-Hipsterless Louisville, Colorado Best Place to Live

  • To which Harris responds:His observation that the term hipster itself emerged from jazz and the counterculture is instructive.

    Such Jews are not hipsters

  • The term hipster was coined by Harry Gibson in 1940, and was used during the 1940s and 1950s to describe jazz performers.

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  • The smartest thing I've read recently about the use of the term hipster is this, from

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  • I think you're confusing the term hipster with hippie.

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  • People You Meet: Dan Cooper I think you're confusing the term hipster with hippie ....

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  • Part of the problem with the term hipster is that no one wants to be associated with it.

    Waldo Jaquith - “Hipsters: The dead end of western civilization.”

  • In my essay I had pointed out that “the term hipster came out of the jazz scene around the Second World War,” and then was “given currency by Norman Mailer in the 1957 essay ‘The White Negro.’

    Such Jews are not hipsters

  • The second definition highlights followers of a certain hipster culture, which revels in a childlike naivety; the films of Wes Anderson, the early books of Dave Eggers, and the twee indie pop of Belle and Sebastian are all mentioned.

    Why do people hate hipsters?

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  • And she aspired to perfection as a hipster
    And she asked me
    "How should I wear my problem hair
    My dirty, no good problem hair?"

    She asked me
    I blew it
    I knew it.

    (Perfection as a hipster, by God Help the Girl)

    January 5, 2010

  • Weirdnet, you are so far out of date that your meaning is the opposite of the current.

    July 31, 2008

  • "Take a stroll down the street in any major North American or European city and you’ll be sure to see a speckle of fashion-conscious twentysomethings hanging about and sporting a number of predictable stylistic trademarks: skinny jeans, cotton spandex leggings, fixed-gear bikes, vintage flannel, fake eyeglasses and a keffiyeh – initially sported by Jewish students and Western protesters to express solidarity with Palestinians, the keffiyeh has become a completely meaningless hipster cliché fashion accessory."
    - Douglas Haddow, 'Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization', adbusters.org, 29 Jul 2008.

    July 31, 2008

  • My Hipster PDA, a mere palimpsest after having been laundered, has littered my warddrobe with infinitessimal informational detritus.

    April 8, 2008

  • the collective is 'a fixie of hipsters'

    October 3, 2007