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

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 Some models had long hippie hair; some had buzzed heads. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Mar. 2022 This production's 1960s setting supports that playfulness — and lets costume designer Carmen Alatorre run wild with hippie couture. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Feb. 2022 His mom is wayward hippie addicted to opium-laced hash and can’t make rent with her waitressing job. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 Literally, because virtually all the Muppeteers have long hippie hair. Christopher Bonanos, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 The original Volkswagen bus's hippie cred makes the new one a deserving recipient of an EV powertrain; there will never be a combustion version. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 20 Feb. 2022 The pair were raised by art-hippie parents to play jazz sets in Canadian cafes, with Luke on keys and vocals and Tess on the drums. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 1 Feb. 2022 None too impressed with their hippie take on country music, Mr. Emery likewise gave the Byrds the cold shoulder. New York Times, 17 Jan. 2022 Ample acid, bales of wacky weed, coltish young men and hot, ornery women turned this crossroads into a cradle of hippie, stoner creativity. Steve Ditlea, SPIN, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Hippie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippie. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hippie


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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