beatnik

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Etymology[edit]

Coined by San Francisco columnist Herb Caen in 1958.[1] From beat (generation) + cutesy or ironic use of the Russian suffix -ник (-nik). This suffix experienced a surge in English coinages for nicknames and diminutives after the 1957 Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite. Compare jazznik.

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beatnik (plural beatniks)

  1. A person who dresses in a manner that is not socially acceptable and whose manner of dress reflects a rejection of conventional norms of thought and behavior; nonconformist in dress and behavior
  2. A person associated with the Beat Generation of the 1950s and 1960s or its style.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Caen, Herb, "Words, Words, Words", 1958-04-02.

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Noun[edit]

beatnik

  1. beatnik

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Partitive plural is commonly spelled with double-k as beatnikkejä, which may be considered erroneous.