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noun Slang.
  1. a usually young person who is trendy, stylish, or progressive in an unconventional way; someone who is hip.
  2. 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.
  3. a performer or admirer of jazz, especially swing; a hepcat.
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Origin of hipster1

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; hip4 + -ster
Related formship·ster·ish, adjectivehip·ster·ism, noun


  1. hipsters, Chiefly British. hiphuggers(def 2).
  2. Often hipsters. hiphugger underpants for women and girls.
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Origin of hipster2

First recorded in 1960–65; hip1 + -ster
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  • The hipster stores have been getting faster and faster, of course.

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British Dictionary definitions for hipster


  1. slang, rare
    1. an enthusiast of modern jazz
    2. an outmoded word for hippy 1
  2. (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.

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