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[hip-ee] /ˈhɪp i/

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.
[hip-ee] /ˈhɪp i/
noun, plural hippies.
a variant spelling of hippy1
noun (pl) -pies

adjective -pier, -piest
(informal) (esp of a woman) having large hips

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.)).

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

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.)


: Saigon has acquired an elaborate hippie culture


One of a group of usually young persons who reject the values of conventional society and withdraw into drifting, communes, etc, espouse peace and universal love, typically wear long hair and beards, and use marijuana or psychedelic drugs; beat, beatnik

[1960s+ Counterculture; fr hip]


Having wide and prominent hips (1919+)

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