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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Trading in his favorite streetwear labels such as Fear of God, not to mention his trusty Saint Laurent heeled boots, he’s seemingly transformed from a streetwear-loving hypebeast to a grungier hippie (complete with Hawaiian print). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Justin Bieber’s New Grungy Hippie Style Is Actually On-Trend," 30 June 2018 Few accessories have aroused such commentary, for and against, than the flower crown, so trendy of late among the neo-hippie festival crowd. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "The Best Flower Crowns of All Time, From Frida Kahlo to Jennifer Lawrence," 22 June 2018 There’s an artsy scene and a gay scene and an ex-hippie scene and a homeless scene. Chris Colin, Outside Online, "Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights," 30 May 2018 Add some lacing around every seam to ramp up the very rich hippie-on-holiday vibes. GQ, "Where To Buy Everything in the March Issue of GQ," 13 Mar. 2018 Dress code: When on Haight Street, do what the hippies do. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 Like just about every other country in the ’60s, the former Soviet Union was home to a hippie culture of peace, love and brotherhood — when it wasn’t being persecuted by the Soviet state. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 The restaurant is known for its hippie decor, much of it donated by fans, and from-scratch comfort food like steaks branded with peace signs, Wavy Gravy Fries and Lava Lamp Wings dripping with garlic hot sauce. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Tie Dye Grill is closing, for good this time. Say goodbye to one of Indy's best tenderloins.," 9 July 2018 Thomas Csordas, a UC-San Diego anthropologist who is a leading scholar on Catholic charismatic groups, said the same communal impulse that generated the hippie communes of the 1960s fueled religious groups like People of Praise at the same time. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "The story behind potential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s little-known Catholic group, People of Praise," 6 July 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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The first known use of hippie was in 1965

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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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