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hippie

or hip·py

[hip-ee]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of hippie

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; hip4 + -ie

hippy2

[hip-ee]
noun, plural hip·pies.
  1. hippie.
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Origin of hippy2

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  • But when we think of hippies these days, we just think of the clothes and the music.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • That was the start of the hippies, but it was also where more radical student movements came from.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for hippies

hippie

noun
  1. a variant spelling of hippy 1
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hippy1

hippie

noun plural -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
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Word Origin

C20: see hip 4

hippy2

adjective -pier or -piest
  1. informal (esp of a woman) having large hips
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hippies

hippie

n.

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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hippy

adj.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hippies in Culture

hippies

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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