In the 1940s and 1950s it meant beatniks, bohemians, people into jazz and poetry, pushing the extremes when it came to sex and substance abuse, etc. etc.

Today it means what poseur meant in the 70s/80s - an insult for pseudo intellectual young people who claim to be into obscure pop culture of the past and are into co-opting cool stuff, and adopt white trash chic like trucker hats or Pabst Blue Ribbon, While being a 21st century hipster is preferable to being a gangsta, wigger, or yuppie, it's still nothing to be proud of today.
There is a book called "The Hipster Handbook" that made up fake "hipster" slang thinking that someone would fall for it

The only thing in common between the hipsters of the mid 20th century and those of today is that both are associated with New York City
Jack Kerouac was an example of a 1950s hipster.

Julian Casablancas is an example of a 21st century hipster
by Rattus cattus July 05, 2006

a hipster is usually a person with a ivy league education who choises to live off their parents money in a poor section of the city they stand out with their out of date fasion sense and their lack or urban grace and street smarts hipsters have been known to ruin sections of the city through gentrification.
Bedford avenue and n.7th street is the hipster capital
by NLR718 July 01, 2006
Superficial substance. Trying to be the ultimate 'cool and original' person. Backwash individuals who lack complete personality, having the need to grasp onto vintage or unique items: clothing, accessories, music, etc. Having an unusual name can help.
"These totally unattractive sunglasses will surely be popular."
"How exciting, plaid is my favorite color."
"Balderdash, I've always wanted to be an orphan."
by Denver July 23, 2005
people who claim to be "artsy", but use that as a facade to hide the fact that they killed it.
Those hipsters suck.
by capt america April 19, 2008
1. the next step in evoluton from emo, (i.e. emo)
2. twenty-something stroketard whose style of clothing conflicts with their demeanor, thus resulting in a spicy psudeo-intellectual with more flavor-of-the-month conversations than a long island prostitute.
If I here one more three syllable word outta you, I'm gunna paint this diner with your hipster BLOOD!
by id0pa July 11, 2004
Q: Why do hipsters suck at karate?
A: Because a hipster can't get past the white belt!
by StVandal September 09, 2006
The ultimate consumer, the best answer to a capitalist society. Buys things solely because of trends and claim they don't. Ironically

A generation who has sold out real ideals, for the short-term comfort of being in trend, on every area from clothing to "ideals".

In other words; fucking twats who have given up on the world, fooled by society to believe they're saving it by buying locally produced food and shopping at thrift stores. Ironically.
Hipster: Hey, Bill', heard about this new band/song/brand/store/ideology? It's so rad, I'm going to go consume it now.
Bill: Or you could just come join the revolution you know. Just saying.
by Asmodean2000 April 26, 2010

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