I define "hipsters" as poseurs who are immitating people who are actually hip, or at least who they perceive to be hip. A hip person typically has some degree of fashion sense, and a good example of the difference between this and a "hipster" is how a hip person might buy articles of clothing from the Salvation Army because they're cheap and/or unique, whereas a "hipster" would shop at some sort of boutique that sells exclusively fashionable vintage clothing and pay 10 times as much for more or less the same items.

A hip person is cognitive of what styles are fashionable, and finds a style that suits his or her self, but doesn't necessarily have to be wearing exclusively non-mainstream vintage or designer articles. A hipster either copies a hip person, the other hipsters he knows, or whatever he sees in "Vice" magazine. A few fashion items are always acceptible regardless of how much of a poseur you are or aren't: Chuck Taylors, black hoodies, tight pants, etc.

A hip person might look hung over or like they just got out of bed, but if they do, it's because they really are hung over and just got out of bed. A "hipster" might spend considerable effort faking that look by messing up their hair and intentionally wearing wrinkled clothes. A telltale sign of a hipster douchebag is that he or she is clearly "trying" to be fashionable. They often overaccessorize with some sort of scarf, hat, or outlandish shoes, and put a great deal of effort into making sure everything matches.

A hip person most likely is an avid listener of music, but doesn't particularly care how others judge his or her taste. He or she might listen to anything, sometimes including things that were once, or even are currently, mainstream. A "hipster" contrives his or her music collection to be seen by others as cool and "indie". They love vinyl records. Crappy music seems cool to them as long as they listen to it on vinyl, and especially if it's some sort of rare recording that they can be sure no one else they know owns. If you asked a hipster whether he cared if people thought his music collection was cool, he would say "no", but he would be lying. They care.

In fact, the defining trait that seperates legitimate cool people from hipster douchebags is that truly hip people genuinely don't care what other people think of them, or maybe acknowledge it a little bit but don't base their whole persona around it. Hipsters are obsessed with this fact, and build their entire personalities in an effort to make it look like they also don't care. They want, just as much as normal people, to fit in. A really hip person just naturally fits in because he or she has a likable personality and is fun to be around. All hipsters hate other hipsters and consider them to be phonies, and no hipster will ever admit to being one even if they fit all of the stereotypes.
True story: I was recently at a thanksgiving party where a lot of food was being served. The skinny, pale, threadbare sweater and tight pants-clad hipster-looking guy who had been putting on music all evening walked into the room. People weren't talking much at the time because their mouths were full, and hipster douchemaster sweater guy decided the room wasn't sociable enough for him, said "This room sucks", turned, and walked away. He could have just walked away, but he felt he had to verbally pass judgment on the room's occupants to make sure he seemed superior to them. What a dick.
by Rassar December 05, 2007
A hipster is a person, usually between 18-30, who enjoys trends and being ironic usually because it's fun and looks cool. The type of trends hipsters like are not considered trendy by the general public. For example, a hipster usually dresses in tight jeans, a shirt from salvation army, plaid, and oversized glasses. (Sometimes even unprescribed.) A hipster believes the stereotypical image of men and women are degrading, so instead they shop at stores geared toward the poor. A favorite among hipsters is over sized shirts, usually with animals printed on them like wolves and tigers.

A hipster generally doesn't follow the general social standards because a hipster feels more intellectually inclined and claims to be cultured. A hipster is generally enrolled in art school and takes photos of things that are trendy. (Mostly themselves and their friends who are also hipsters.) Hipsters claim to be the cultural phenomenon of our time and modern day philosophers. But don't be fooled, hipsters have not contributed to changing the world or benefiting it in any way other than acknowledging that Salvation Army has enough colorful clothing for everybody to wear.
Hipsters believe they are making a difference by taking pictures, creating paintings of miscellaneous objects, and playing music with a lot of loud noises. But when reflecting on all of this, no one has seen any progress in the world. A hipster is actually making the world a worse place by boycotting mainstream stores. It is killing the economy and making it hard for hipsters to pay their loans off from their liberal arts colleges. Therefore, hipsters have made a very sad and viscous cycle. Too bad it's not at all ironic.

Jack: Why is that kid coming out of Salvation Army with bags of clothes?

Betty: That boy is a hipster. He's against mainstream society!

Jack: Oh, I'm silly.

Betty: Yeah, you are.
by badlikeyourchildhoodoverbite March 09, 2011
A hipster is very similar to an Indie Kid. Hipsters generally are snobbish, holier-than-thou sorts of people. They tend insert non-sequiturs about pop-culture into everyday speech, as well as obscure music references, and comments on political goings-on. They're quite fun if you get to know them, but be from another label and you might be snubbed. They frequent coffee shops and the salvation army and know more than you ever will or would hope to about... well, pretty much anything obscure or remotely creative/underground-culture-based.
1: Did you see her shirt? I bet she got it at the salvation army.
2: Oh, yeah, thats that Hipster that works in that coffee shop. She's a bitch, but she's cool.
by regretsareawaste April 09, 2008
Snobby group of gross men and women who think its cool to read and wear old shit. Often listen no indie music so they can seem less mainstream and therefore more hipster to other hipsters. Mainstream ideas and products are shunned by hipsters, iphones being an exception. They show great disdain for anyone who is "mainstream" which really means anyone who doesnt like their crappy music or their shabby looking clothes and bad hair. Any person with half a brain will realize that the only thing seperating a hipster from hobo is an iPhone and taste for bad music.
Normal guy: dude, why do they let that smelly hobo in the coffee shop?
Normal guy 2: idk... Wait! Check the iPhone! Totally a hipster! .. Gross
Normal guy: Even worse! Why would they let a hipster in here! At least hobos realize it's not cool to look the way they do!
by Hipsterhater February 12, 2012
Anyone who is NOT you.
Anonymous hipster friend: "Ugh, look at that fucking hipster! A PBR tattoo AND a handlebar moustache? What a dickhead."

You: "I know, right?" (mental note to self: shave moustache and get PBR tattoo removed A.S.A.P!)

* See ironic. Not to be confused with Alanis Ironic
by Captain American't July 11, 2011
1. An independent thinker who eschews trends and tends to know a lot of obscure bands/films/literature etc. May or may not buy clothes from thrift stores or dress in so-called "hipster fashion". The type of person that many so-called "hipsters" aspire to be like, and ignorant people hold in contempt and call "hipsters".

2. A person who tries way to hard to fit into the "hipster subculture" or "be different". The irony for these so called "non-conformists" is that they themselves are conforming to a subculture, both real and imaginary, that bases itself on individualism, yet has it's own unofficial rules of what's "cool" and what's not.

3. A person who is so concerned with being "different" that ironically they are no longer true to themselves.

4. Someone who is very pretentious with a superior attitude.

most of the time the term is meant as an insult.
Greg's not a hipster, he just likes what he likes and stands up for what he believes in.

Greg's such a tool, dressing up like a hipster, quoting Schopenhauer and pissing on all the old bands he used to like just because they're "mainstream"

Fucking Greg, it's not enough for him to just be himself he has to try harder.

Fucking Greg thinks he's better than everyone, he's such a self-aggrandizing hipster douche.
by Heavy Metal Hockey Fan November 15, 2013
A label used by the public to describe individuals who's cultural preferences are rooted in independent media rather than mainstream society. With the glorification of superficiality in Western culture post - 9/11 (celebrities, lifestyles, manufactured pop music etc.) any media which deviates from this and fosters an intellectual ethos is derided as 'pretentious' by current generations, who have subsequently become accustomed to the holocaust of mediocrity now permeating popular culture. Modern hipsters are mostly individuals who came of age during the 90's, and (having their beloved culture usurped by the information age and it's subsequent technology) find a defiant comfort in aspects of culture which reflect a kitsch/amateur/thrift store aesthetic representative of the times they grew up in. Because of this, they sometimes hold opinions which seem obnoxious to those who can't relate to having been a part of it. This is not usually intentional however, and mostly represents their anger at how the society they grew up in (which in an unusual move for society put substance and authenticity first) has been replaced by one which instead celebrates superficial values. Of course, those unfamiliar with this tend to interpret the hipster phenomenon as a fabricated trend (or cheap substitute for previous subcultures), and proceed to mock them for not sharing their vapid love of the Kardashians, Geordie Shore and the rest of their mainstream ilk. Hence, the hipster label was born.
(the unpoken rule of being a hipster is to not admit to being one, but I've broken it for this example)

Average Joe: Are you a hipster?

Hipster: Depends, can you appreciate the fact that I prefer stuff with substance? you know, stuff I can personally connect to? because god knows I can't connect to what others like, and they've made their feelings about this very apparent. That's their whole game; if you don't like what they do, you're the freak, the weirdo, the mental person. Rejection forces people to find somewhere they will be accepted. For me, its in the music and movies which say 'don't worry, we're not like them either'. It's the only thing that keeps me sane. Can you understand that?

Average Joe: *Derisive expression*

Hipster: Well that explains it all doesn't it? We try to be accepted, and get ridiculed for it. We try to be independent, and get ridiculed for it. Brilliant :/
by GoAskAlex91 October 18, 2013
Ok, so most of the definitions of this word circulating are wrong. Yes I said it. The word hipster stems from the word hip. It is safe to say that 'hip' can be defined as 'what is cool right now'. A hipster can be defined as a person that adopts fashion, music taste, behaviours, blablah of what is considered 'cool right now'. It's just logic. Just Google "define: hipster" and you shall see that I am not talking utter bullshit. So anyone saying a hipster is trying to be 'independent' and striving for 'individuality' and is somewhat 'unique' or what ever crap I hear, you are wrong.
A hipster is a person that involves themselves with a popular scene. So now we have to understand that a 'popular scene' is subjective to the area you live in. So where I come from (england) a hipsters traits are as follows: chino jeans, listen to house music such as 'Swedish House Mafia' and 'Skrillex', vest tops, fake tan (men and women), identical to all of their friends, watch Jersey Shore, Georgie Shore, TOWIE and other crap like that. Paradoxically, the most defining trait of a 'hipster' are those that throw around the word 'hipster' its self because using the word 'hipster' is actually what is popular at the moment. So if you like to use the word hipster, you my friend are a HIPSTER. Yes, it is obvious I am going to get a lot of thumbs down on this definition because most people are just ignorant. However, I have matured to learn that people are dumb and don't listen to reason or logic.
WRONG USE - "Yo, that guy in the flannel shirt with a fleet foxes band shirt underneath and the old film camera round his neck is a massive hipster."

RIGHT USE - "That young fellow there that looks like he dropped out of school and had to do his GCSEs at college and now in a dead end job; slaving away to some fat rich person behind a desk. He seems to spend the majority of his life projecting his own problems on to other people that are above him in society, sleeping around with as many women as possible in order to raise his rank in his cave man attitude driven friendship group. His vest, chinos, comb over and fake tan make him look very hipster!"
by ihatepeople23214 April 05, 2013

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