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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
An Americanism dating back to 1950-55; hip4 + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “My mom was in a wheelchair for ten years before she passed,” a hippie told him.


    Cory Doctorow
  • Up ahead, I saw someone, a middle-aged lady in a hippie dress, falter and fall.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for hippie


a variant spelling of hippy1
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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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