from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A performer or devotee of swing and jazz, especially during the 1940s.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A jazz performer, especially one from the 1940s and 1950s.
- n. A person associated with the jazz subculture of the 1940s and 1950s; a hipster.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who performs jazz music.
- n. A person who is hep or hip; same as hipster; -- an older term becoming dated and less used.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The OED isn't much help; it traces the word back to the 1940s and offers "hepcat" as its rough equivalent.
When asked if he used Persian Cats in the movie's title as an allusion to American hipster vernacular -- "hepcat," "cool cat" -- Ghobadi said he was unaware of the terms.
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re-entered the contemporary lexicon in or about 1999 (it had earlier been used interchangeably with "hepcat" in the Beat era), with the arrival of modish young men in trucker hats on
The era's hepcat lingo "ork" for orchestra, "ofay" for "white" and hard-boiled, noir ambience give Mr. Lauterbach a tune he can carry.
Or maybe the burlesquing hepcat Spaniards will roll one by the somnolent Coasters. shedders on 9 May 2010
Newly compiled from three Brooklyn neighbourhoods – Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens – BoCoCa is where you move when you've tired of Williamsburg's twentysomething hepcat shenanigans.
Rowley, in a hepcat bowling shirt, divided home distillers into three groups: economic, technical, and artisan.
Wait, slow down there, hepcat, these Hollywood metaphors are way over my head.