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2.
A member of the beat counterculture, or one who lives a beat lifestyle. Similar to a hippie. The term comes from Jack Kerouac's book "The Dharma Bums." (Japhy is the name of a character, modeled after Kerouac’s friend Gary Snyder.)
"Colleges being nothing but grooming schools for the middleclass non-identity which usually finds its perfect expression on the outskirts of the campus in rows of well-to-do houses with lawns and television sets in each living room with everybody looking at the same thing and thinking the same thing at the same time while the Japhies of the world go prowling in the wilderness..." --The Dharma Bums
by S.dedalus December 08, 2008
 
1.
One who wears maroon pants for an extended period of time.
Has a ginger bowl cut, may also have mismatched shoe laces.

A generally odd person, and can also bend rules of the 'date club'
"Dude, what colour are those kids pants?"
"uh...maroon?"
"WOAH! what a japhy individual!"

"Woah dude, that ginger has a Major bowl cut"
"Thats because he's a Japhy!"
by Velociraptor6969 September 30, 2009
 
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From Jack Kerouac's book "The Dharma Bums" a Japhy is an enlightened poet and mountain man. A Japhy is considered by itself or others to be a true Bodhisattva.
"The middleclass non-identity which usually finds its perfect expression on the outskirts of the campus in rows of well-to-do houses with lawns and television sets is each living room with everybody looking at the same thing and thinking the same thing at the same time while the Japhies of the world go prowling in the wilderness to hear the voice crying in the wilderness, to find the ecstasy of the stars, to find the dark mysterious secret of the origin of faceless wonderless crapulous civilization." ~Chapter 6 of Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Chad climbed to Dharamsala to meet the Dalai Lama and then decided to wander around the California mountains writing poetry and munching on granola. That Bodhisattva sometimes hitchhikes from coast to coast, he's a real Dharma Bum, a real Japhy!
by The Dramatic Poet November 27, 2010