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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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 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

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First Known Use of hipness

1937, in the meaning defined above

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