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
16-25 year olds who love indie rock, modern poetry, art galleries, thrift stores, and independent films. Generally they dress in band t-shirts, subdued blazers, and jeans (not too loose or too tight). They have messy (generally) non-dyed brown hair.

Not to be confused with scenesters. Hipsters are pretty cool besides their snobby pretension, but scenesters are vain idiots. If you're not sure if someone is one way or the other, ask them if they have a MySpace. If they excitedly give you their address and go on and on about it, it's a scenester. If they stare blankly it's a hipster.
Hipsters are the same things as indie kids, by the way.
by kehya April 29, 2006
A snapback icon in human form produced in the 80's by the money-and-culture-loving human creations of nonconformist 60's parents. Simply, a way to do nothing to change anything except with superficial differences and on paper while appearing to and channeling energies in that exact same useless direction, like every other generation ever born. Another every 20 year change in same phenomonen in a media cultured floundering society.
00's Hipster: We're so unique
60's Hippie: Not as unique as 'we' were
80's Me gener: What's so special about unique?
by simple-minded August 12, 2008
Liberal 20 something men and women who drink coffee in independently run cafes, drink in dive bars, listen to any awful piece of shit band that isn't popular or even good, and watch foreign "films" all the while condemning anything held popular by the average consumer or "gullible sheeple."

They believe that because they dress in thrift store rags, took a few political science classes, and enjoy modern art (aka: $1000 finger paintings) that somehow this makes them better than the rest of society. They often have an extremely lofty opinion of themselves and their opinions to the point of unbelievable arrogance.
1. The author of the first/most popular definition is a prime example of a hipster douche bag.
by rynoth July 20, 2010
Someone too ironic for their own good.
1. Hipsters think Bon Jovi from the 80's is so awesome.
3. Hipster: "Oh my God! I just love these butt ugly pink sunglasses!"
4. Hipster: "Let's all go play kickball, and wear short shorts and headbands!"
by ohtheirony October 04, 2005
Young whippersnappers who go to sleep at night, and wake up in the morning.
Look at those hipsters, they think they're so cool. I bet hang out at indie coffee shops and say cool things like, "Yeah me too," or whatever.
by kreaee January 06, 2008
Conformist non-conformists who think by all following the same subculture they're uniquie and original. Usually found listening to Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Radiohead, Wilco, and the Flaming Lips with oversized headphones or on a vintage record player they picked up as soon as their favorite blogger told them how much greater they sound than CD's or digital downloads. Dress like hobos, even though they are mostly college-educated upper middle class yuppies with a trust fund. Go to great lengths to be viewed as original.
Guy: Dude, why do you look homeless? You're from Westchester.
Hipster: Shut up man, I'm deck.
Guy: Wait...what bands do you listen to?
Hipster: Arcade Fire and Animal Collective, man, doubt you've heard of them.

Guy: Yep, you're a hipster.
by Wandering911 June 21, 2010
Those who turn their skinny-jean-encased-knees inward in order to look awkward. Wearing large black glasses with no lenses in order to take digital photographs then manipulate the photographs using photoshop. Those who wear Toms. These are common accessories of the every day ambient hipster.
The guy next to you who wears his headphones around his neck and blasts some obscure band that he will claim you don't know about is a hipster. Notice his skin tight V neck shirt. Vintage clothing ensues. A hipster will most likely never associate him or herself with the word hipster. In fact, he or she may raise their cigarette scented voice in anger in the fact that you are calling them a hipster. This shouldn't scare you because they are, of course, all pacifists and wouldn't dare lay a finger on you. That would dirty up their brand new self designed Toms.
"I don't give two cares what you think, I'm going to be a photographer. I'm going to be a fashion model, in France. I'm going to sit in my room, sip on black tea, and listen to my favorite boy sing my favorite songs. My eyes will be large, and my hair will be long before it becomes very very short. I'm going to take a roadtrip to Elizabethtown, and take polariods at every stop on the way. These are common hipster facebook about me's.

I will be as old fashioned as I want to be, and I'm going to change your life, in ten days or less."
by wmirdster April 30, 2010

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