or hip·py



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
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Related Words for hippie

bohemian, beatnik, freethinker, freak, yippie

Examples from the Web for hippie

Contemporary Examples of hippie

Historical Examples of hippie

  • “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 hippy 1
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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