beatnik /ˈbiːtnɪk/


I. 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.
– 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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