Meaning of hipster


A hipster is someone whose fashion choices and music interests fall outside the mainstream. Instead of following popular trends, hipsters generally favor alternative lifestyles, progressive politics, and quirky clothing.

The meaning of the word hipster has evolved since it was coined in the early 1940s to describe jazz musicians and fans, from the jazz slang term hep, “up to date.” In the 1960s, hipster mainly referred to low-slung, hip-hugging pants, but by the 1990s it described an urban subculture made up mostly of young and educated bohemian types living in gentrified neighborhoods.

Definitions of hipster
  1. noun

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


    flower child, hippie, hippy

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    type of:

    crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer

    a disputant who advocates reform

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