hip·​pie | \ ˈhi-pē How to pronounce hippie (audio) \
variants: or hippy
plural hippies

Definition of hippie

: a usually young person who rejects the mores of established society (as by dressing unconventionally or favoring communal living) and advocates a nonviolent ethic broadly : a long-haired unconventionally dressed young person

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Other Words from hippie

hippiedom \ ˈhi-​pē-​dəm How to pronounce hippiedom (audio) \ noun
hippieish \ ˈhi-​pē-​ish How to pronounce hippieish (audio) \ adjective
hippieness or hippiness \ ˈhi-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce hippiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of hippie in a Sentence

She used to be a hippie, but she's fairly conservative now. The band appeals to a new generation of hippies.

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Outlaw country was a movement that involved threading a little long-haired hippie aspect into what had been the counterculture-averse world of country. John Adamian, courant.com, "Willie Nelson to helm Outlaw Music Festival, with Alison Krauss and Phil Lesh, at Xfinity," 7 June 2019 Once embraced only by hippies, cannabis has been sterilized enough to lure even the most conservative squares (like John Boehner) into the industry. Madison Margolin, Quartz, "The next battle in the War on Drugs will be fought over psychedelics," 4 June 2019 The textile technique, which uses a series of knots to create wallhangings, plant holders, and the like, is typically associated with 1970s hippies. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Summer DIY Inspiration From Women Artisans Who Have Turned Their Crafts Into Serious Business," 24 May 2018 Another was a generation ahead of current health food trends thanks to a decidedly hippie upbringing on a remote farm in Canada. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Critics and chefs share their fave recipes from mom," 2 May 2018 Antioch hippies had already developed a reputation for protests and anti-war activities among those living in more traditionally conservative parts of the state. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "50 years ago this protester spent 62 days fasting in Cincinnati jail. She's still got game.," 26 Mar. 2018 After all, this is haute hippie the French girl way. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Guide to Easy French Girl Glamour—Straight From the Chloé Runway," 27 Sep. 2018 Based on the original in Miami Beach, the bar transplants an aesthetic that’s part haute hippie, part tiki to the middle of the concrete jungle. John Ortved, New York Times, "What 8 Thirsty Scenesters Wore to the Broken Shaker Bar," 4 July 2018 Instead, Shai is basically the biggest secret hippie ever. Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "5 Weird/Awesome Reasons Shailene Woodley Is The Ultimate Natural Beauty," 21 Mar. 2014

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First Known Use of hippie

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hippie

hip entry 4 + -ie

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English Language Learners Definition of hippie

: a usually young person who rejects established social customs (such as by dressing in an unusual way or living in a commune) and who opposes violence and war especially : a young person of this kind in the 1960s and 1970s


variants: or hippy \ ˈhi-​pē \
plural hippies

Kids Definition of hippie

: a usually young person who rejects the values and practices of society and opposes violence and war

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