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.

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After all, this is haute hippie the French girl way. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Guide to Easy French Girl Glamour—Straight From the Chloé Runway," 27 Sep. 2018 Based on the original in Miami Beach, the bar transplants an aesthetic that’s part haute hippie, part tiki to the middle of the concrete jungle. John Ortved, New York Times, "What 8 Thirsty Scenesters Wore to the Broken Shaker Bar," 4 July 2018 Instead, Shai is basically the biggest secret hippie ever. Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "5 Weird/Awesome Reasons Shailene Woodley Is The Ultimate Natural Beauty," 21 Mar. 2014 Amsterdam was also the headquarters of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In for Peace (1969), which was not quite the first hippie stunt of its kind, but was second to none in terms of its sweet-natured preposterousness. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Can this vehicle transcend its local niche in a famously progressive college/hippie town (where three-wheelers have been featured in Eugene Celebration parades for nearly two decades now) and actually sell to a broader market? Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 The Whole Earth festival is an annual weekend event at UCD that attracts a lot of hippies, artists, gypsies, and overall just interesting folk. Brinton Parker, Seventeen, "Bohemian Culture at UC Davis," 15 May 2012 Invest in a pair of classic hoops, then look for other pieces with hippie-chic design DNA. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Boring LBD Feel New Again," 16 Nov. 2018 Considered by many to be a breeding ground for hippies and Jimmy Buffet diehards, the island city defies stereotypes with its diverse architecture, seafood restaurants, and epic sunsets. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 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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