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 hippiedom (audio) \ noun
hippieish \ ˈhi-​pē-​ish How to pronounce hippieish (audio) \ adjective
hippieness or hippiness \ ˈhi-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce hippiness (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 Hordes of hippies travelled down from San Francisco to camp and take vast quantities of psychedelics. The Economist, "Hippie Inc: how the counterculture went corporate," 29 Nov. 2019 None of this would be possible if Swallow Hill were just a bunch of old hippies fiddling with their bowties. John Wenzel, The Know, "Denver folk institution Swallow Hill Music turns 40," 8 Nov. 2019 There’s a touch of the beatnik and a touch of the hippie here. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Radical Italian Art Goes Over the Top, Dazzlingly, in Houston," 29 Feb. 2020 The series focused on two former hippies trying to raise a family, including a conservative son played by Michael J. Fox. latimes.com, "Today: Anger in the Gaza Strip," 14 May 2018 At first glance, Casa Malca is just another hippie-chic Tulum hotel: sunrise yoga, hammocks on the beach, and pop art in the restaurant. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 My favorite was Allison Boyer who was a 60s hippie. cleveland, "Families enjoy skele-fun at Halloween safety event: Olmsted Dates and Data," 26 Oct. 2019 By his own description, Jit Bhatia is a 71-year-old hippie, entrepreneur, youth employer and advocate for art, music and marijuana. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "After four years, it’s the end of the road for Maharaja’s sidewalk mural in St. Paul," 14 Oct. 2019 Sign Man, a staple during the Calipari/Camby days and looking like a retired hippie, is back, walking around with his homemade signs during timeouts. Joe Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "UMass men’s basketball has success that doesn’t show in the numbers," 3 Feb. 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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Cite this Entry

“Hippie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippie. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce hippie (audio)

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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