One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stylish or fashionable person, especially in the sphere of jazz or popular music.‘it's rock's most waggish hepcat, on the third of his nine showbiz lives’
- ‘Before they knew it, they were playing big concert halls in New York and L.A., seducing music lovers of all tastes: the house-heads, the hippies, the ravers, the hepcats - you name it.’
- ‘His designs pulsed with angular hepcats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins, who fingered cockeyed pianos and honked lollipop-hued horns.’
- ‘In general, though, the Oxford hepcats detect a turning away from the hyphen.’
- ‘The Post reports that the sassy TV hostess was starry-eyed over the gangly hepcat movie star and proclaimed she was his ‘biggest fan!’’
- ‘The ‘Thin Man’ series updates the story to the Fifties and recasts Nick and Nora as wealthy hepcats.’
1930s: from hep + cat.
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