beatnik

[ beet-nik ]
/ ˈbit nɪk /

noun

(sometimes initial capital letter) a member of the Beat Generation.
a person who rejects or avoids conventional behavior, dress, etc.

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Origin of beatnik

1955–60, Americanism; beat (adj.) (as in Beat Generation) + -nik
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British Dictionary definitions for beatnik

beatnik
/ (ˈbiːtnɪk) /

noun

a member of the Beat Generation (sense 1)
informal any person with long hair and shabby clothes

Word Origin for beatnik

C20: from beat (n) + -nik, by analogy with Sputnik
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