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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An old photograph of hippies sparks consideration of a 1960s fad that had those with little experience of the land proselytizing the necessity of returning to it. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the farmhouse next door, and unexpected connections in between," 16 Apr. 2018 York tries to gauge someone's experience level with marijuana – some of the hippie generation are no strangers to it, but others are looking for something new to help with pain. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Seniors trying cannabis say Jeff Sessions is behind the times (Commentary)," 7 Feb. 2018 Essential oils are no longer the domain of hippies who like the smell of patchouli. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Times You Should Never Use Essential Oils," 12 Jan. 2017 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

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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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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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