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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How to use hippies in a sentence

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

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • Yippies were like very political hippies, but they weren't serious the way we think of politics these days.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • But when we think of hippies these days, we just think of the clothes and the music.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • They wheeled the chair right into it, and then two of the story-hippies helped him transfer into the seat.

    Makers | Cory Doctorow