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[bee-nee] /ˈbi ni/
a skullcap, often brightly colored, worn especially by children and by college freshmen, especially in the 1940s.
Origin of beanie
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45; bean + -ie Unabridged
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  • I suppose beanie arrived in all her 33 glory this afternoon, hence those yowlers under her window tonight.

  • "Gat" and "beanie" had defied the "Gink" and they were found one morning beaten and kicked, broken and bleeding.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for beanie


noun (pl) beanies
a round close-fitting hat resembling a skullcap
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Word Origin and History for beanie

"small, close-fitting hat," 1940, from bean (n.) in the slang sense of "head" + -ie.

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