I've been trying to come up with a phrase that means "something a hipster would like" in the modern context. Cool and hip seem kind of dated, so what would be a good recommendation for a more modern phrase (that a hipster would use?)

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    Are you looking for "avant-garde"?
    – moonstar
    Jun 1, 2014 at 19:31
  • I might say that about the things that hipsters like, but would they? I would also say cool and awesome, but I'm not much of a hipster.
    – Hoytman
    Jun 1, 2014 at 20:23
  • What age Hipster do you have in mind?
    – GMB
    Jun 1, 2014 at 20:32
  • A hipster would use old terms because the term hipster is old. Jun 1, 2014 at 20:35
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    I'd tell you all about how to describe the things a hipster likes, but you've probably never heard of them.
    – Preston
    Jun 2, 2014 at 4:30

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Possibly, cutting edge or bleeding edge. It seems like hipsters like a lot of indie (independent movies, music, etc.) stuff too, even though the word itself doesn't necessarily convey that something is hipster.

Why did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he tried drinking coffee before it was cool.


Perhaps you could use "trendy"?

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    Welcome to EL&U. We expect answers to provide explanations, linked to appropriate references; it would be good to explain why you would use trendy here— "hipsters" are usually dying to prove they do whatever is not trendy. I would also encourage you to take the site tour and peruse the help center for guidance on how to contribute to this site.
    – choster
    Jun 2, 2014 at 3:11

I'm going to suggest "hipsterish".

"Hipsterish" isn't really a word, but since "hipster" is pretty slang anyway, I think you would get away with it. Plus I'm assuming you are looking for something a little tongue in cheek. If this is for an academic paper on the preferences of hipsters, you'll probably want something different.

  • Actually, this is a term for marketing, and I'm guessing I should drop the term hipster all together.
    – Hoytman
    Jun 2, 2014 at 13:13

With the angle of what a hipster would actually use, you have to approach it from a (vaguely) positive sense. Personally knowing a good deal of hipsters and budding hipsters personally (you've probably never heard of them), the terms I hear used the most are

  • Undiscovered: Not exactly praise, but it does give the idea that they can be discovered. (Interestingly enough, once something is discovered, they tend to stop talking about it)
  • Unappreciated: Gives a sense of superiority, as if they know something that nobody else can see.
  • Underappreciated: Used less often than unappreciated, because it gives the sense that the subject is appreciated somewhat in general.

Hipsters hate everything mainstream; what they like is offbeat.


How about "That's hot!"?

that's hot: expression popularized by Paris Hilton. Frequently used by hipsters who should know better but are desperate to sound cool and cutting edge hip.

Alternately, consider sick and dope.

sick: sl. usually used in the US when something is cool or exciting

dope: sl. great or excellent -- used as a generalized term of approval


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