hip·​pie ˈhi-pē How to pronounce hippie (audio)
variants or hippy
plural hippies
: 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
hippiedom noun
hippieish adjective
hippieness noun
or hippiness

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Legal weed might lure the hippies back—or at least their grandchildren. Sean Williams, Harper's Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023 Eager to expand globally, Prabhupada hooked hippies at concerts on the West Coast and even befriended the Beatles. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2023 At the time of its initial publication in the late 1960s, the periodical became a beacon for techno-optimists and back-to-the-land hippies. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 13 Oct. 2023 That ethos transformed him from a struggling young troubadour and onetime hippie and music critic into a billionaire entrepreneur and best-selling author. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 Frat boys belonged there, hippies belonged there, installation artists and beautiful people and ageing ravers who could still handle their drugs belonged there. Hazlitt, 1 Nov. 2023 And, as often happens in migrations like this, the hippies paved the way for the artists. Pilar Guzmán, Travel + Leisure, 14 Oct. 2023 Rock ‘n’ roll people took rock ‘n’ roll very seriously in those days, and the hippies just didn’t get us. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 His authorities shuttered dispensaries, forced the hippies underground, and torched farmers’ yields. Sean Williams, Harper's Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


hip entry 2 + -ie

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hippie was in 1965

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“Hippie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippie. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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