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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for beanie

beret, bonnet, beanie, pillbox, skullcap, DINK, tam, fez

Examples from the Web for beanie

Contemporary Examples of beanie

Historical Examples of beanie

  • 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 plural 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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