hip·ster -noun (Slang)

November 4, 2007

The guys at the Daily Intelligencer ruffled some hipster feathers last week when they referred to a group that was evicted from its building in Ridgewood, Queens as “hipsters.”

Apparently the word “hipster” has acquired a bad connotation that suggests that the so-called hipster just seats around doing nothing for a living.

So, the DI tried to make amends by having a “hipster” define “hipster.”

“It’s always been my opinion that most of the time an individual you overhear complaining about hipster this or hipster that is in fact him/herself a hipster, or else really wishes he/she was one,” Todd P told the DI.

In all fairness he did go on explaining further. If you call this an explanation.

But don’t fret, my friends, I went straight to the source, Dictionary.com, and got you the real definition of “hipster.”

hip·ster1 [hip-ster] Pronunciation Key

–noun Slang.

1. a person who is hip.
2. hepcat.
3. a person, esp. during the 1950s, characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most established social activities and relationships

[Origin: 1935–40, Americanism; hip4 + -ster]

So there you have it.

A “hipster” is a person who’s “hip.” Who would have thought it?

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