hip·​ness ˈhip-nəs How to pronounce hipness (audio)
: the quality or state of being hip

Examples of hipness in a Sentence

such hipness does not come cheap, and his clothes budget is out of sight
Recent Examples on the Web But there’s not a smack of hipness here, and Jalali is not on a quest for cool. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 18 Aug. 2023 The Belgian brand, once the epitome of slouchy, existential hipness, has lost some of its mojo in recent years, existing on the good will of its former self. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2023 But travelers have come to a point where too much hipness is no longer really wanted. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2023 About half of young adults wear spectacles, which can imbue some frames with an aura of hipness. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 On the block between Larimer, Walnut, 26th and 27th streets — home to Patagonia and the market — the only property Edens doesn’t own is the building occupied by the Matchbox, a bar that’s 2011 opening was a harbinger of the neighborhood’s impending hipness explosion. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, 26 Jan. 2020 The boutique owners have managed to avoid faceless real-estate investment trusts, huge development outfits or private equity interests who have seized upon neighborhoods based on Instagram ideas of hipness, with little understanding of what the people who live in them actually need or want. New York Times, 12 Feb. 2021 With assistance from the app’s glossy filters, even the most mundane of still-lifes—a poppy-seed bagel on a desk, a curtained window, a traffic cone lying on its side in the road—could be imbued with an indelible hipness. The New Yorker, 13 May 2022 For the festival, the partnership is aimed at pulling Cannes forward into the 21st century, lending it a sheen of techno-hipness and ideally attracting younger film fans. Todd Spangler, Variety, 11 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hipness was in 1937

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“Hipness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hipness. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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