Definition of hippie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhipē/
(also hippy)


(Especially in the 1960s) a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs.
Example sentences
  • He was on the expressway for hours and no one would stop since he looked like a hippie with long hair and a beard.
  • It wasn't all dirty long-haired hippies with flowers in their hair.
  • Her parents were intellectual hippies who moved in drug circles and her godfather was LSD guru Dr Timothy Leary.


Relating to hippies or the subculture associated with them: he epitomized the hippie biker
More example sentences
  • Unlike many, Bunyan didn't end up disavowing the hippie philosophy.
  • It has been regarded as something of a ‘cult’ car being that during the flowery 1960s, it had become associated with the hippie movement.
  • Once associated only with westerns and hippie festivals, the poncho is enjoying a revival as this season's must-have accessory.



Pronunciation: /-dəm/
Example sentences
  • Love's life bridges the worlds of punk rock and Hollywood glamour, high fashion and San Francisco hippiedom.
  • In hippiedom there was an ‘anything goes’ type of mentality.
  • Loitering is one of the pleasures of San Francisco, especially in North Beach and in Haight-Ashbury, the hub of hippiedom in the Sixties.


Example sentences
  • A lot of companies don't want to be associated with the whimsical hippiness that seems to go with it.
  • Urban Outfitters maintains a costly network of young trend-spotters to keep the hippiness up-to-date.
  • Somehow these pop culture references seem ill at odds with the essential hippiness of Beattie's characters.


Pronunciation: /ˈhipē-iSH/
Example sentences
  • It's embarrassing how many pathetic people from my UCD English class were sitting around at Marlay Park being vile and hippyish.
  • If blowing fruit-scented smoke rings is faintly hippyish, taking a trip through the Wadi Rum desert is full-blown bohemianism.
  • This group included a hippyish contingent, joined in a soothing hum.


1950s: from hip3 + -ie (sense 1).

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Syllabification: hip·pie

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