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
Usually can be identified by skinny jeans, Tom's shoes, the 'ironic' t-shirt, thick rimmed glasses....They deny being hipsters of course, insisting that they 'don't believe in labels'. They insist on eating organic food, yet they all smoke (the approved hipster brands of cigarettes being Camel Lights, Parliament Lights, & if they're really extra pretentious, then American spirits). They claim to be very open minded & non-judgemental, yet only seem to date, hang out with, befriend, or associate with people that dress like them,like the same music, talk the same, walk the same, etc. They all like to pretend they have some kind of talent when it comes to art, & enjoy watching 'films' instead of movies (the more artsy-fartsy & less sense it makes, the better). They even all eat the same foods. Look in any hipsters basket next time you're at the store,& it'll always be greek yougart, hummus (or supplies to make hummus),some kind of organic, vegan snack that costs a zillion dollars a box, tastes like crap, yet they claim they 'can't live without!', & then some kind of 'ironic' cereal, like capt'n crunch or something like that.
Hipster #1-"I'll take a PBR"
Hipster #2-"I found the BEST brand of organic, cruelty-free, vegan turnip chips at Whole Foods-omg, I CRAVE those things!"
Hipster #3-"They're just too mainstream now-I liked them when no one else even knew about them"
by akPhilly March 17, 2013
A middle class or rich kid who dresses like a hobo. They are plagued with Alanis Morissette syndrome which makes them misunderstand and fail at being "ironic". Hipsters claim to reject the mainstream and sadly have no idea just how mainsteam they really are.
Hipsters are so mainstream. Ironic, no?
by LaylaLegs July 06, 2012
Hipster: Geek wannabe with too much fashion sense and not enough intelligence to qualify for the easy, unintended coolness that Geekdom is. Simply put, someone trying so hard to be a geek that they fail simply because of their attempt.
That hipster over there is trying so hard to be a geek that he FAILS just by trying.
by DS8 March 22, 2012
Xenophobic conformists of non-conformity. If you live in an apartment building with a few you can always guarantee they will be drinking and partying every Tuesday night. If you are not like them, they will not speak to you. At all. They are terrified of you. If you want to become friends with one, it must be based on mutual usery (Bring weed/beer.) If they know you smoke, they will be sure to knock on your door. Every. Fucking. Day. If you leave a note on their door, they will never get back to you, even if that note asks them to take over your lease. Often tend to never acknowledge your existence (This is especially true on the west coast.) Listens to horrible music. Will be utterly horrified to find out you don't smoke weed.
*Walks out the front door, runs into hipster*
Me: "Hey what's up?"
Hipster:"....."
Me:"...Fine, fuck you too."
by HadrianVincent March 11, 2012
A term given to people who choose to develop their own cultural tastes and not support those adopted by mainstream culture. The whole hipster argument exists solely because society is becoming less intelligent, and because of this anything which possesses an intellectual capacity is dismissed as pretentious art school hipster shit. The term hipster is usually used as derogatory term to describe people who maintain a level of INTELLIGENCE. Contrary to popular belief hipsters don't try to be cool. This is a preconception maintined by misinformed individuals who misinterpret their mainstream defiance as a popularity statement. Although people regarded as 'hipsters' can present themselves in an obnoxious manner, it is not intentional and is most likely a by- product of their cultural tastes. Much the discrimination against these people is exercised by narrow minded people who remain intimidated by the misconception that intelligent people take pride in chastising the limited cultural diversity of other individuals. Furthermore, since when did being your own person become a bad thing?
Conformist: God, youre such a hipster...

Hipster: You say that as though its a bad thing, but I'm only trying to live how I want. If you want to continue representing the banality of mainstream society then be my guest...
by GoAskAlex1991 March 07, 2012
A social group typically in their mid 20's to early 30's, Hipsters are an offshoot of Gen Y thought to derive from a class of disgruntled upper-middle-class suburbanites, frustrated with the lack of culture that comes with having a life devoid of poverty. Disenfranchised in their youth by the Abercrombie generation, Hipsters-with the support of generous trust funds-propagated into various cultural centers around the country, and proceeded to replace the endemic and unique qualities of such areas with urban outfitters, american apparels, buffalo exchanges, and a host of Pho noodle joints and falafel stands. Thus, while Hipsters pride themselves on being mainstream contrarians, they in fact unwittingly create a "sub-culture" as large and annoying as the one they rail against.
Hipster 1: Hey check out how this new filter on my Hispstamatic App makes my photos reflect my artistic and brooding qualities!!
Hipster 2: oh wow man! You should totally take a picture of this PBR can an put it on Fbook!!
Hipster 3: Have you heard the new Bon Iver?
by Tanksilver June 23, 2011
A non-productive member of society. Typically the offspring of two highly successful parents who live in places like Greenwich, Connecticut or the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the hipster is someone who has failed to achieve the level of success of his or her busy parents and tries to compensate for the insecurities that come with abject failure by conforming to a culture that claims to hate conformity. They shop at thrift stores and try desperately to shed their blue-blooded upbringing by wearing old, ratty flannel shirts and by bleaching and/or rubbing dead fish in their hair.
Person 1: Dude, have you ever been to an urban farmers' market?

Person 2: No, seeing all those hipsters makes me depressed about the future of our society.
by Le Phénix June 22, 2011

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