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[hip-ee] /ˈhɪp i/
a person, especially of the late 1960s, who rejected established institutions and values and sought spontaneity, direct personal relations expressing love, and expanded consciousness, often expressed externally in the wearing of casual, folksy clothing and of beads, headbands, used garments, etc.
Compare flower child.
Origin of hippie
1950-55, Americanism; hip4 + -ie


[hip-ee] /ˈhɪp i/
noun, plural hippies.
hip4 + -y2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hippies
  • Then a bunch of drug-addled hippies decided they were going to improve the world.
  • Its time these former hippies got what they deserve.
  • We had the temerity to laugh at the hippies, shamefully backdated by half a decade.
  • The right-wing townsfolk, artsy theater people and visiting hippies come across as the shallowest stereotypes.
  • The hippies of yesterday became the hip capitalists a year later.
  • hippies made it a sort of all-purpose symbol of peacefulness.
  • After that they were down-home hippies, then retro-hip icons.
  • Some people were afraid that dope-smoking hippies were going to move into the school and paint it purple.
  • Describes how former hippies became millionaire superstars with help from their producers.
British Dictionary definitions for hippies


a variant spelling of hippy1


noun (pl) -pies
  1. (esp during the 1960s) a person whose behaviour, dress, use of drugs, etc, implied a rejection of conventional values
  2. (as modifier): hippy language
Word Origin
C20: see hip4


adjective -pier, -piest
(informal) (esp of a woman) having large hips
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Word Origin and History for hippies



c.1965, American English (Haight-Ashbury slang); earlier hippie, 1953, was a usually disparaging variant of hipster (1941) "person who is keenly aware of the new and stylish," from hip "up-to-date" (see hip (adj.)).



"having prominent hips," 1919, from hip (n.1) + -y (2).

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hippies in Culture

hippies definition

Members of a movement of cultural protest that began in the United States in the 1960s and affected Europe before fading in the 1970s. Hippies were bound together by rejection of many standard American customs and social and political views (see counterculture). The hippies often cultivated an unkempt image in their dress and grooming and were known for practices such as communal living, free love, and the use of marijuana and other drugs. Although hippies were usually opposed to involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War, their movement was fundamentally a cultural rather than a political protest. (See Woodstock; compare beatniks.)

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Slang definitions & phrases for hippies



: Saigon has acquired an elaborate hippie culture


One of a group of usually young persons who reject the values of conventional society and withdraw into drifting, communes, etc, espouse peace and universal love, typically wear long hair and beards, and use marijuana or psychedelic drugs; beat, beatnik

[1960s+ Counterculture; fr hip]



Having wide and prominent hips (1919+)

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