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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.
Also, hippy.
Compare flower child.
1950-55, Americanism; hip4 + -ie Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hippie
  • We were setting off on a styling spree to achieve the latest fashion craze, haute hippie.
  • He went to a hippie type coffee shop where she was singing to see her.
  • There's the car dealer who tried to throw the scruffy hippie out of the showroom.
  • Others arrived during the hippie back-to-nature days, in search of nirvana and cheap land.
  • Turns out my evil, power-hungry tendencies are equally matched by hippie eco-lust.
  • It would be easy to dismiss him as a lovable, eccentric old hippie.
  • The new looks include the flat purse, the pouchy hunting bag and embroidered decoration with a hippie feel.
  • But it was worked into a modern, multicolored necklace with the gems hung on a hippie leather plait.
British Dictionary definitions for hippie


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
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Word Origin and History for hippie

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.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for hippie



: 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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for hippie

member, during the 1960s and 1970s, of a countercultural movement that rejected the mores of mainstream American life. The movement originated on college campuses in the United States, although it spread to other countries, including Canada and Britain. The name derived from "hip," a term applied to the Beats of the 1950s, such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, who were generally considered to be the precursors of hippies. Although the movement arose in part as opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War (1955-75), hippies were often not directly engaged in politics, as opposed to their activist counterparts known as "Yippies" (Youth International Party)

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