Definition of beatnik in English:

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beatnik

Pronunciation: /ˈbiːtnɪk/

noun

A young person in the 1950s and early 1960s belonging to a subculture associated with the beat generation: her long black hair and comfortable clothes are the badge of the artist and beatnik [as modifier]: my beatnik costume of sandals and black sweater
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  • They always do things ‘different’ out there - surfers, hippies, beatniks, and Hollywood are always the things people ask about, and they're believed to be the role models for how Californians think.
  • But as these long-haired beatniks graduated from Düsseldorf Conservatory, they became frustrated with both classical formalism and avant-garde jazz.
  • The first wave of post-war rebels, beatniks were arty, defiant and left-field.

Origin

1950s: from beat + -nik on the pattern of sputnik, perhaps influenced by US use of Yiddish -nik, denoting someone or something who acts in a particular way.

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