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 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 Mary Ann, in her jeans, white scarf and a pair of hippie sandals someone had given her, headed toward a field where students were gathered. BostonGlobe.com, "The girl in the Kent State photo and the lifelong burden of being a national symbol," 20 Apr. 2021 Beyond raves, Warhol, and hippie states of ecstasy, Trecartin makes life and Red Bull merge into dazzling digital displays that make one’s otherness awake and arise. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "101 Trippy Movies, Albums, Books, TV Shows, and More.," 20 Apr. 2021 Mary Ann, in her jeans, white scarf and a pair of hippie sandals someone had given her, headed toward a field where students were gathered. Patricia Mccormick, Washington Post, "The Girl in the Kent State Photo," 19 Apr. 2021 The band hunkered down in L.A. for the record, but eventually found the Hollywood vibe not to their hippie-chill liking. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Greta Van Fleet opens up on new album: Hard rockers wanted music 'fit to be the score of a fantastic film'," 17 Apr. 2021 Jones also writes about being arrested, at the age of 14, for stealing a car with her then-boyfriend, Ricci, and her total embrace of the peace-and-love hippie ethos. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rickie Lee Jones bares nearly all, including about Tom Waits, in her candid memoir, ‘Last Chance Texaco’," 11 Apr. 2021 Heaven’s spring lookbook, meanwhile, showcases the Swedish musician Benjamin Reichwald, who works a gender-fluid style that evokes VW hippie vans, My Pretty Pony, and the early, taste-free aughts. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Meet Bladee, the Swedish Musician Who Stars in the New Heaven by Marc Jacobs Lookbook," 6 Apr. 2021 The other part of my kooky theory is that half the country voted for him because of his out-of-the-box hippie ideas, like cutting taxes and regulations to goose the economy and create jobs and other obviously racist stuff. Matt Labash, The New Republic, "An Epic Debate on Trump and True Evangelicalism," 5 Apr. 2021 The hippie Marin County town has long been a destination for hikers and bikers as the departure point for scenic trails around Mount Tamalpais. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "In a hippie Marin town, a destination-worthy bar excels at wild and colorful cocktails," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Hippie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippie. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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