- 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.
Origin of hippie
Origin of hippy2
Examples from the Web for hippies
The police nonetheless warned the hippies against trespassing, and for a long time it was again very quiet on the ranch at night.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
These are just a few of the famous visitors to Eel Pie Island, a centuries-old refuge for musicians, hippies, and writers.The Isle Where the Rolling Stones Began
September 5, 2014
Spilling from the old vehicle were hippies of all eras decked out in tie-dye and top hats bejeweled with feathers and beads.On the Road With Kesey's (Drug-Free) Acid Test
August 27, 2014
And hipsters and hippies now reek of old-school, kneejerk attitudes.Why Do We Hate Hipsters So F'ing Much?
July 13, 2014
He was raised by hippies and accompanied his father, a heroin addict, to AA meetings.Shia LaBeouf’s Most Gangsta Move Yet: Getting Hauled Off In Handcuffs During Broadway’s ‘Cabaret’
June 27, 2014
But when we think of hippies these days, we just think of the clothes and the music.
That was the start of the hippies, but it was also where more radical student movements came from.
- a variant spelling of hippy 1
- (esp during the 1960s) a person whose behaviour, dress, use of drugs, etc, implied a rejection of conventional values
- (as modifier)hippy language
- informal (esp of a woman) having large hips
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.)).
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.)