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 hippie (audio) \ noun
hippieish \ ˈhi-​pē-​ish How to pronounce hippie (audio) \ adjective
hippieness or hippiness \ ˈhi-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce hippie (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The hippie Marin County town has long been a destination for hikers and bikers as the departure point for scenic trails around Mount Tamalpais. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "In a hippie Marin town, a destination-worthy bar excels at wild and colorful cocktails," 8 Apr. 2021 But Richard Nixon, an object of boomer hatred, inveighed against the status quo as bitterly as any hippie. Samuel Goldman, Star Tribune, "America has a ruling class, whether those who are in it admit it or not," 31 Mar. 2021 Today, although Ferlinghetti is justly praised for helping the Beat Generation and hippie counterculture find a place to thrive, that legacy has overshadowed his reputation as a writer. Brent Calderwood, Rolling Stone, "‘I Never Was a Beat Poet’: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Musical Vision," 1 Mar. 2021 In 1971, Lowe was a hippie whose real love was making leather goods. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "50 years later: How Celebration became one of the most-loved restaurants in Dallas," 1 Mar. 2021 He was also inspired by the do-it-yourself ethos of the Whole Earth Catalog, the legendary 1960s book of tools for hippie agrarianism. Steven Levy, Wired, "A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?," 5 Jan. 2021 The concept of the cooperative may conjure notions of hippie socialism, limiting its value as a model for the global economy, but Mondragón stands out as a genuinely large enterprise. New York Times, "Co-ops in Spain’s Basque Region Soften Capitalism’s Rough Edges," 29 Dec. 2020 Was hippie socialite Joanna Harcourt-Smith being used as a CIA tool when her boyfriend, Timothy Leary, became a government informant in the mid-’70s? John Anderson, WSJ, "‘My Psychedelic Love Story’ Review: Tales of the High Life," 25 Nov. 2020 When Teresa Strasser was growing up, her mom was a hippie, raising her kids alone as part of San Francisco's counterculture. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, "Storytellers to share joys, disappointments of holidays," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hippie

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hippie

hip entry 2 + -ie

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19 Apr 2021

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“Hippie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippie. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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