A person, especially a member or follower of the Beat Generation, whose behavior, views, and often style of dress are pointedly unconventional.
A member of a group of young persons, esp. of the 1950s, rebelling against conventional attitudes, dress, speech, etc., largely as an expression of social disillusionment.
A person who dresses in a manner that is not socially acceptable and whose manner of dress reflects a rejection of conventionalnorms of thought and behavior; nonconformist in dress and behavior.
A person associated with the Beat Generation of the 1950s and 1960s or its style.
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Origin of beatnik
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Coined by San Francisco columnist Herb Caen in 1958. From beat (generation) + cutesy or ironic use of the Russian suffix -ник (-nik). This suffix experienced a surge in English coinages for nicknames and diminutives after the 1957 Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite. Compare jazznik.
Beatnik Sentence Examples
Building on his apprenticeship as a sculptor during the beatnik era of the 1960s, Yurman advanced in his art with a signature style of boldness and innovation in his jewelry designs.
It's across the street from the beatnik's City Lights Bookstore.
Movie Soundtracks were once the domain of the nerd and the beatnik, but for nearly thirty years have been amongst the top-selling albums each year.