hippie

or hip·py

[ hip-ee ]
/ ˈhɪp i /
|

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. hippeastrum,
  2. hipped,
  3. hipped roof,
  4. hippel's disease,
  5. hippias,
  6. hippiedom,
  7. hippies,
  8. hippish,
  9. hippo,
  10. hippo regius

Compare flower child.

Origin of hippie

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

hippy

2
[ hip-ee ]
/ ˈhɪp i /

noun, plural hip·pies.

Origin of hippy

2

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British Dictionary definitions for hippies

hippie

/ (ˈhɪpɪ) /

noun

a variant spelling of hippy 1

hippy

1

hippie

/ (ˈhɪpɪ) /

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

Word Origin for hippy

C20: see hip 4

hippy

2
/ (ˈhɪpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

informal (esp of a woman) having large hips
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Word Origin and History for hippies
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for hippies

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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