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

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 Based on the legendary underground comics series by Gilbert Shelton, the three Freaks—Phineas, Franklin, and Fat Freddy—blaze up and get into a wide variety of misadventures as their hippie mindset smashes into the modern world. PCMAG, 22 June 2022 It’s not the laid-back, flower-sniffing hippie haven by the Bay that a lot of us remember from past decades. Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2022 The documentary charts Carlin's reinventions against the backdrop of huge social changes — Watergate, Vietnam, Reaganomics, hippie culture, among them. Mark Kennedy, ajc, 20 May 2022 After all, these drugs saw their last cultural saturation point in the America of the 1960s, during which time they were broadly associated with the loose hippie ethos of free love, protest, and, well, anti-capitalist activism. John Semley, The New Republic, 8 Mar. 2021 There are rival ranching families locked in an existential struggle, a dubious hippie fueled by secrets, singing heirs and buffalo stampedes. Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 That change — from playing a mocking hippie-dippy weatherman on variety shows to a more authentic comedian talking about power, language and human foibles — took its toll. Mark Kennedy, ajc, 20 May 2022 Why would Jay’s parents have paid a blind hippie to teach him flamenco dancing? Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 If there was ever a time to hear from a Republican — albeit one with a C.V. that included a youthful spell as an antiwar hippie and a stint editing the National Lampoon — this was it. Corey Seymour, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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30 Jun 2022

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“Hippie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippie. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hippie


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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