Definition of beatnik noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbiːtnɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːtnɪk//
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a young person in the 1950s and early 1960s who rejected the way of life of ordinary society and showed this by behaving and dressing in a different way from most people Word Origin1950s: 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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