hip·​ness | \ ˈhip-nəs How to pronounce hipness (audio) \

Definition of hipness

: the quality or state of being hip

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Examples of hipness in a Sentence

such hipness does not come cheap, and his clothes budget is out of sight

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Lamia’s Fish Market, which opened this month on a stretch of Avenue B between Third and Fourth Streets, is a fresh counterpoint to the downtown scene’s rampant hipness. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This East Village Restaurant Will Transport You to the Mediterranean," 25 June 2019 Michael rejects most of the assumptions of our modern consumerist condition and hence rejects its defining registers of hipness and irony. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Millennial Who Rejects Hipness and Irony," 14 June 2019 Home movies and archival clips do their part in painting the picture, but Slater’s decision to cut in modern-day footage of Jakob Dylan in peacoat and shades wandering the same locations strains for a reach-across-time hipness. Robert Abele, Detroit Free Press, "Doc fondly recalls Laurel Canyon music scene," 27 June 2019 The city also has gained a new hipness factor with the arrival of several trendy restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "These are metro Detroit's top 5 places for first-time home buyers," 7 June 2019 For all its slick, bluesy hipness, though, the show is devoid of real feeling. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Hey, Tony Awards, lighten up! You should give more prizes to the funny stuff.," 6 June 2019 From its natural beauty and bikeability to the Portlandia brand of over-earnest hipness, Portland has plenty of reasons to be listed among the most livable cities in the country. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "In Portland, a neighborhood designs its own solution to displacement," 26 June 2018 Pollan’s initial skepticism and general lack of hipness work wonders for the material. John Williams, New York Times, "A Strait-Laced Writer Explores Psychedelics, and Leaves the Door of Perception Ajar," 14 May 2018 And setting a higher bar for hipness can lead to results that fall short and come across as tragically strained. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: The New York Philharmonic Gets Audacious, With Ease," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of hipness

1937, in the meaning defined above

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