Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who opposes and rejects many of the conventional standards and customs of society, especially one who advocates extreme liberalism in sociopolitical attitudes and lifestyles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A teenager who imitated the beatniks
  • n. One who chooses not to conform to prevailing social norms: especially one who ascribes to values or actions such as acceptance or self-practice of recreational drug use, liberal or radical sexual mores, advocacy of communal living, strong pacifism or anti-war sentiment, etc.
  • n. Someone with unusually long hair.
  • n. Someone who dresses in a hippie style.
  • n. One who is hip.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to hippies: e.g., “the hippie era”.
  • adj. Not conforming to generally accepted standards: e.g., “Despite being for the widely-used Windows operating system, rather than using the commonly-used RAR or ZIP file-compression formats, they used a bunch of hippie compression formats instead”.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Someone who rejects the established culture, dresses casually, and advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle. Used especially of those in the late 1960's, mostly in their late teens and early twenties, who conspicuously rejected traditional culture by dressing casually, if male wore their hair long, and wore folksy or used clothing adorned with beads, headbands, and often flowers; they emphasized the importance of love and direct personal relations rather than success-oriented businesslike behavior, strove for spontaneity, sometimes lived communally, and in some cases tried to expand their consciousness by various psychological techniques such as meditation, or through the use of consciousness-altering drugs such as marijuana or LSD. By the end of the Vietnam war in the 1970's, the numbers of people living a visibly hippie lifestyle had dramatically decreased, though some people continue to develop similar views and live with the same outlook.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

Etymologies

From hip2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Etymologists are uncertain about exactly when the word hippie came into existence, although it is clearly a variation of the term hipster, which had been in use during the forties, in reference to devotees of jazz music.

    The Typewriter Is Holy

  • The idea may put them off maybe the word hippie comes to mind, but she's found that many CEOs really take to it.

    Stress Management For The CEO

  • Use of the term hippie did not catch on in the mass media until early 1967, after San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen began referring to hippies in his daily columns.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • In an article entitled "A New Haven for Beatniks," San Francisco journalist Michael Fallon wrote about the Blue Unicorn coffeehouse, using the term hippie to refer to the new generation of beatniks who had moved from North Beach into the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Madrak asked, "I'm a blogger, and I don't know if you know this term, but are you familiar with the term hippie-punching?"

    Mock, Paper, Scissors

  • Many conservatives and liberals alike favor the legalization of Cannibis, and I agree with Cracker about the term hippie being rather antiquated.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Of course the bill does not go into effect until 2014 anyway, but punch a hippie is a popular past time. brewmn says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Defections from the Left

  • Some hippie is selling didgeridoos that he made I between bong reps.

    Professor Florida's kids get *really* creative (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • House speaker Nancy Pelosi must of been a radical hippie from the 60s I am about her age and think nothing like her.

    Obama calls for bipartisan effort to create jobs

  • "Georgia is a long way from San Francisco," drawls the announcer as people dressed in hippie garb wave their hands at the camera in some sort of strange flower-power dance.

    Ad of the day: Dem ad depicts San Francisco as full of hippies

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