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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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 Those lucky enough to snag orchestra seats in the first few months (among them Bianca Jagger, Calvin Klein, Priscilla Presley, and Goldie Hawn) exuded an aura of hipness. Christopher Barnard, Town & Country, "Is Hamilton the New Cats?," 1 Aug. 2016 But after a few years and national articles featuring the scrappy post-K hipness of the bars and cafes of Bywater, the rolling bags arrived. Anne Gisleson, Curbed, "Bywater faces its future," 23 May 2018 Perhaps the only hope to end the teenagers’ winking love of the Juul is to expand the demographic out of its hipness. New York Times, "The Juul Is Too Cool," 7 Apr. 2018 But it’s long been commercialized by corporate brands, by art galleries tapping the subculture for its hipness and by artists themselves. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "Graffiti art exhibition aims to go 'Beyond the Streets'," 22 Mar. 2018 Stretched Budgets By many measures, the market in Williamsburg is doing well: Buyers seeking hipness and affordability relative to Manhattan are snapping up homes faster than they can be listed for sale, pushing prices ever higher. Oshrat Carmiel, Bloomberg.com, "Latest Tactic to Sell a Condo: They'll Pay Your Taxes," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hipness

1937, in the meaning defined above

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