hippie

noun
hip·​pie | \ ˈhi-pē \
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 \ noun
hippieish \ ˈhi-​pē-​ish \ adjective
hippieness or hippiness \ ˈhi-​pē-​nəs \ 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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Can this vehicle transcend its local niche in a famously progressive college/hippie town (where three-wheelers have been featured in Eugene Celebration parades for nearly two decades now) and actually sell to a broader market? Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 The Whole Earth festival is an annual weekend event at UCD that attracts a lot of hippies, artists, gypsies, and overall just interesting folk. Brinton Parker, Seventeen, "Bohemian Culture at UC Davis," 15 May 2012 Invest in a pair of classic hoops, then look for other pieces with hippie-chic design DNA. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Boring LBD Feel New Again," 16 Nov. 2018 Considered by many to be a breeding ground for hippies and Jimmy Buffet diehards, the island city defies stereotypes with its diverse architecture, seafood restaurants, and epic sunsets. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Aging hippies brush shoulders with middle-aged public radio-supporters, and there's also a mix of more mainstream families and a few younger alternative types—including one performatively circling the parking lot on a OneWheel. Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 And unlike hippies' hallucinogens in the 1970s or the 1990s inner-city crack epidemic, the current surge in painkiller abuse crosses all lines of gender, race and socioeconomic status. Kaitlin Menza, Good Housekeeping, "Mommy's Little Helper:," 13 Aug. 2016 An old photograph of hippies sparks consideration of a 1960s fad that had those with little experience of the land proselytizing the necessity of returning to it. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the farmhouse next door, and unexpected connections in between," 16 Apr. 2018 York tries to gauge someone's experience level with marijuana – some of the hippie generation are no strangers to it, but others are looking for something new to help with pain. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Seniors trying cannabis say Jeff Sessions is behind the times (Commentary)," 7 Feb. 2018

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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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hippie

noun

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

hippie

noun
hip·​pie
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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