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 Now the hippies are mostly dead or gone, and the world’s most powerful myth makers, Silicon Valley execs, have taken their place. Josh Marcus, Outside Online, "Has Overtourism Killed Big Sur?," 3 Oct. 2019 In one, Johnson and Lady Bird (Barbara Garrick) take a secret drive outside the White House to gander at the hippies protesting the war. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Great Society,’ Another Presidential Nightmare," 1 Oct. 2019 These were not on the mainstream radar - the stuff hippies eat. Laura Reiley, BostonGlobe.com, "Veggie burgers were living an idyllic existence. Then they got caught in a war over the future of meat," 26 Aug. 2019 Like psychedelic pioneers, hippies were ever exploring. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woodstock, Manson and the march to Utopia," 13 Aug. 2019 Starting in the early 60s, hippies had begun returning from treks through Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Nepal, and India with pure patchouli oil in their backpacks. April Long, Town & Country, "Jackie Kennedy's Unexpected Love of Patchouli," 28 July 2019 The business that consumes a third of a block facing the historic downtown Plaza began selling handmade leather goods during the hippie-countercultural era. oregonlive, "Retiring owner of iconic Ashland retail business with $1 million in sales says ‘make an offer’," 15 Dec. 2019 Or when the Rolling Stones played a free concert in Hyde Park in 1969, bringing the curtain down on flower power for the half a million hippies lazing in the sun. B.r., The Economist, "The violent history of London’s Royal Parks," 22 Nov. 2019 In 1976, a Princeton physicist named Gerard K. O’Neill wrote a populist case for moving into space called The High Frontier, a book beloved by sci-fi geeks, NASA functionaries, and aging hippies. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hippie.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippie. Accessed 19 January 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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