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[hip-ster] /ˈhɪp stər/
noun, Slang.
a usually young person who is trendy, stylish, or progressive in an unconventional way; someone who is hip.
a person, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most established social activities and relationships; a beatnik or hippie.
a performer or admirer of jazz, especially swing; a hepcat.
Origin of hipster1
1935-40, Americanism; hip4 + -ster
Related forms
hipsterish, adjective
hipsterism, noun


[hip-ster] /ˈhɪp stər/
hipsters, Chiefly British, hiphuggers (def 2).
Often, hipsters. hiphugger underpants for women and girls.
1960-65; hip1 + -ster Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hipster
  • Your feet don't care that heritage hiking boots are second only to beards in today's hipster wardrobe.
  • Less traditional are the bare expanse of taut stomach, the skin-tight hipster trousers and the six-inch stilettos.
  • Out: the snarly parking valet, the too-cool-to-notice-you hostess and the tipsy-hipster pool scene.
  • The reclaiming of forgotten technology is every hipster's siren song.
  • Melting down used plastic to make the next hipster tote.
  • Your hipster messenger bag holds all your precious gear-and that is precisely the problem.
  • But these hipster investors have some pretty valid insight.
  • It's decadently dazzling in a heroin hipster sort of way.
  • Once housing the city's main wholesale food market, it retains an earthy air with many cabarets and hipster nightclubs.
  • It's about life in hipster enclaves, and the self-consciousness that makes hipsters desperately disavow the label.
British Dictionary definitions for hipster


(slang, rare)
  1. an enthusiast of modern jazz
  2. an outmoded word for hippy1
(modifier) (of trousers) cut so that the top encircles the hips
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Word Origin and History for hipster

1941, "one who is hip;" from hip (adj.) + -ster. Meaning "low-rise" in reference to pants or skirt is from 1962; so called because they ride on the hips rather than the waist (cf. hiphuggers). Related: Hipsters.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hipster


  1. hepcat, hepster, hip cat
  2. beatnik, hippie (1941+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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