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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
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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
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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!"
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Japhy is the most amazing person ever he is way better then you if you aren’t friends with japhy then Jesus will steal you soul so if you meet a japhy be kind to home he is a once in a lifetime opportunity so make good use of the time you have with japhy
Hey dude I just met a japhy

Whhhhhhatt you lucky fam dog home slice dude
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Japhy is the most amazing person who is better then everyone else you should be friends with him if you aren’t then you actually suck you need him or else your die alone and will never have any friends he is as awesome as it gets and you have to like him other wise jesus will steal your soul he is the best and if you him be with home for ever he is awesome so be his friend
Me Hey guess what

My friend What
Me. I’m friends with japhy
My friend he is the best
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