beatnik

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English[edit]

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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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Noun[edit]

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 (1958-04-02), “Words, Words, Words”, San Francisco Chronicle[1], ISSN 1932-8672

Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

beatnik

  1. beatnik

Declension[edit]

Inflection of beatnik (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative beatnik beatnikit
genitive beatnikin beatnikien
partitive beatnikiä beatnikejä
illative beatnikiin beatnikeihin
singular plural
nominative beatnik beatnikit
accusative nom. beatnik beatnikit
gen. beatnikin
genitive beatnikin beatnikien
partitive beatnikiä beatnikejä
inessive beatnikissä beatnikeissä
elative beatnikistä beatnikeistä
illative beatnikiin beatnikeihin
adessive beatnikillä beatnikeillä
ablative beatnikiltä beatnikeiltä
allative beatnikille beatnikeille
essive beatnikinä beatnikeinä
translative beatnikiksi beatnikeiksi
instructive beatnikein
abessive beatnikittä beatnikeittä
comitative beatnikeineen

Usage notes[edit]

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


French[edit]

Noun[edit]

beatnik m, f ‎(plural beatniks)

  1. beatnik

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

beatnik m f (plural beatniks)

  1. beatnik (person associated with the Beat Generation of the 1950s and 1960s)