• noun a proponent and member of the ‘alternative society’ or counterculture movement which opposed orthodox bourgeois values during the late 1960s. The hippy movement was a much more widely based successor to the hipster and beatnik tendency, reaching public notice in California in 1966. By the summer of 1967 (known as the ‘Summer of Love’) manifestations of hippiedom had spread to Britain. True hippies never referred to themselves as such, but rather as freaks or heads; the term was originally a slightly condescending nickname (based on hip or hipster) bestowed by older musicians and other bohemians.
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