hippie

[hip-ee]
noun
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.
Also, hippy.
Compare flower child.


Origin:
1950–55, Americanism; hip4 + -ie

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hippy

2 [hip-ee]
noun, plural hippies.

Origin:
hip4 + -y2

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hippie (ˈhɪpɪ)
 
n
a variant spelling of hippy

hippy or hippie1 (ˈhɪpɪ)
 
n , pl -pies
a.  (esp during the 1960s) a person whose behaviour, dress, use of drugs, etc, implied a rejection of conventional values
 b.  (as modifier): hippy language
 
[C20: see hip4]
 
hippie or hippie1
 
n
 
[C20: see hip4]

hippy2 (ˈhɪpɪ)
 
adj , -pier, -piest
informal (esp of a woman) having large hips

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