Definition of hippie in English:


(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.

    • ‘Don't worry - they didn't do drugs, they were hippies who were into Buddhism; now they're Catholics.’
    • ‘Or is it because there is a tendency to associate it with peace-loving hippies?’
    • ‘Initially he attracted the hippies and the drug addicts who were wandering the Hyde Park.’
    • ‘No, this has nothing to do with a Canadian mountain town populated by drug addicts and hippies.’
    • ‘Remember that these bands emerged from an era of disco queens and long-haired hippies.’
    • ‘It gave flower children and hippies the courage to live differently.’
    • ‘Many of these young adults are the sons and daughters of the hippies, children of the flower children.’
    • ‘Complex loud clashes of views erupt between the hippies and the tribunal members as both sides are unwilling to compromise.’
    • ‘Although he, too, looks happy in his photos, Searle sticks out among the long-haired hippies with their fledgling beards.’
    • ‘Think back to the late 1960s to early 1970s era of flower children or hippies.’
    • ‘He comes across as a hippie who hung up the beads around '72, went to school, got smart, and decided he would change the world.’
    • ‘That's why I never really understood hippies, or drugs for that matter.’
    • ‘A research lab tends to consist of hippies, and hippies just ask why.’
    • ‘You see, his mom and dad are hippies so the drugs and mellowness come easily for him.’
    • ‘It wasn't all dirty long-haired hippies with flowers in their hair.’
    • ‘Before there were mods and before flower power or hippies, there were beatniks.’
    • ‘People like this are most likely to be drugged up hippies or those annoying little rich kids who think they know best.’
    • ‘In my period you were either a hippie or a skinhead, so I grew my hair long and listened to heavy metal.’
    • ‘Her parents were intellectual hippies who moved in drug circles and her godfather was LSD guru Dr Timothy Leary.’
    • ‘He was on the expressway for hours and no one would stop since he looked like a hippie with long hair and a beard.’
    flower child, bohemian, dropout, free spirit, nonconformist, unconventional person
    flower people
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  • Relating to hippies or the subculture associated with them.

    ‘he epitomized the hippie biker’
    • ‘At each of the festivals the local hippie teens demanded that admission be free; confrontations with stressed-looking police officers naturally followed.’
    • ‘‘That was my hippie period,’ explains Lindsay.’
    • ‘The clothing proved that next fall's trends lean towards a hippie, very bohemian-oriented craze.’
    • ‘I was a bit of a hippie drop-out for a while, and I spent a couple of years on the rigs during the height of the North Sea oil boom.’
    • ‘He had tried the hippy trail, the pick 'n' mix of philosophy and brain-rotting drugs.’
    • ‘Says Doran: ‘Poppa Chong, Tommy's dad, used to own this hippie club called the Parlour.’’
    • ‘You'll find the nouveau hippie existentialism, the cockney laced rap and a handful of funk-fuelled fun.’
    • ‘Now I can talk to hippie chicks and say, ‘No, I'm not politically inclined but I wash with Activist body gel.’’
    • ‘Rather than aggrandizing its subject, this film is all about contextualizing a man hounded by comics fans and ‘broken-down hippie pest guys.’’
    • ‘‘I have a hippie haircut right now,’ continues Sgt.’
    • ‘‘But we're not hippie parents,’ she says with a laugh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The late '60s clashes between Calliope's father, the xenophobic entrepreneur, and her brother, the hippie idealist, seem perfunctory and distracting.’
    • ‘There's a lifestyle too, but a lot of people have a hippie lifestyle but they don't have the ideology.’
    • ‘‘I was raised by a hippie mom,’ she says, laughing.’
    • ‘Unlike many, Bunyan didn't end up disavowing the hippie philosophy.’


1950s: from hip + -ie.