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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He had attitude, the right stuff, like a nineteenth-century beatnik.
▪ He was a beatnik who was born too late.
▪ Her long black hair and comfortable clothes are the unruffled badge of the artist and beatnik, be she fifteen or fifty.
▪ I went to Oxford in 1961 with my beatnik uniform, sandals and black sweater.
▪ The Pre-Raphaelite beatnik, in other words.
▪ Then you got the beatnik, maybe a lower class of person.
▪ Tied around his neck was a solid black scarf that hinted at a beatnik spirit lurking beneath the formality.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

beatnik \beat"nik\ n. a member of the Beat Generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

coined 1958 by San Francisco newspaper columnist Herb Caen during the heyday of -nik suffixes in the wake of Sputnik. From Beat generation (1952), associated with beat (n.) in its meaning "rhythm (especially in jazz)" as well as beat (past participle adjective) "worn out, exhausted," but originator Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) in 1958 connected it with beatitude.The origins of the word beat are obscure, but the meaning is only too clear to most Americans. More than the feeling of weariness, it implies the feeling of having been used, of being raw. It involves a sort of nakedness of the mind. ["New York Times Magazine," Oct. 2, 1952]

\n"Beat" is old carny slang. According to Beat Movement legend (and it is a movement with a deep inventory of legend), Ginsberg and Kerouac picked it up from a character named Herbert Huncke, a gay street hustler and drug addict from Chicago who began hanging around Times Square in 1939 (and who introduced William Burroughs to heroin, an important cultural moment). The term has nothing to do with music; it names the condition of being beaten down, poor, exhausted, at the bottom of the world.

[Louis Menand, "New Yorker," Oct. 1, 2007]


n. 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.


n. a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior [syn: beat]


Beatnik was a media stereotype prevalent throughout the 1950s to mid-1960s that displayed the more superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s. Elements of the beatnik trope included pseudo-intellectualism, drug use, and a cartoonish depiction of real-life people along with the spiritual quest of Jack Kerouac's autobiographical fiction.

Beatnik (disambiguation)

Beatnik is a distortion of the Beat Generation into a media stereotype.

Beatnik may also refer to::

  • Beatnik Inc., a technology company, at one time associated with musician Thomas Dolby
  • Beatnik satellite, a Sputnik-99 satellite launch aborted by Swatch in 1999
  • Beatniks (novel), a 1997 novel by British author Toby Litt
  • "Beatnik" (The Buggles song), a 1982 song by The Buggles
  • "Beatnik" (The Clean song), a 1982 song by The Clean
  • Los Beatniks, Argentine rock garage group
Beatnik (The Buggles song)

"Beatnik" is a synthpop song by the British synthpop group The Buggles from their second and final album Adventures in Modern Recording. It was released as the album's fifth and final single in 1982. It was the final single to be released by the Buggles. The song was written by Trevor Horn and was produced by Horn and John Sinclair.

Beatnik (programming language)

Beatnik is a simple stack-based esoteric programming language, by Cliff L. Biffle. A beatnik program consists of any sequence of English words. Each word is assigned the score you would get for it in a Scrabble game. The value of the score determines what function is performed. Functions include pushing the score of the next word onto the stack, testing the stack and skipping forward or backward in the program and other stack operations.

Beatnik (The Clean song)
  1. redirect Great Sounds Great, Good Sounds Good, So-so Sounds So-so, Bad Sounds Bad, Rotten Sounds Rotten

Usage examples of "beatnik".

Someone suggested Ross Griffin, a retired ski-bum and lifelong mountain beatnik who was going half-straight at the time and talking about running for the City Council.

He thinks he knows that the outburst last fall was caused by New York Communists, beatnik perverts and other godless elements beyond his ken.

We became house band for this place on Irving that was owned by an old Beatnik poet, who felt all we hippies were his kids or something.

My idiotic parents were part of the same liberal, vaguely beatnik movement as your mom was in the late fifties.

Macmillan was drawing with the Manson family were spurious, especially as di Meola was the only one for whom they could establish a vague connection to the beatnik or hippie scene.

She had her old beatnik costume on-the tight black pants, the bulky black sweater-and her hair was brushed and her lipstick was bright and straight.

She came out, still wearing her black beatnik outfit, with her hands tied behind her.

American poet with a beard and tufted eyebrows: Gerald, a professional beatnik from the western United States.

Lars was a graying, wine-torn Zen beatnik champ, and young Devlin was a psychedelic challenger with a higher-than-wine insinuation.

And, of course, he was loved by the left wing because he was one of the last reigning beatnik poets.

And so undoubtedly there were already beatnik and hippie Ediths as well as rougher, tougher types.

Freaks, heads, criminals, anarchists, beatniks, poachers, Wobblies, bikers and Persons of Weird Persuasion will come out of their holes and vote for me.

The majority of beatniks who flocked into San Francisco 10 years ago were transients from the East and Midwest.

The ex-beatniks among them, many of whom are now making money off the new scene, incline to the view that hippies are, in fact, second-generation beatniks and that everything genuine in the Haight-Ashbury is about to be swallowed -- like North Beach and the Village -- in a wave of publicity and commercialism.

Actionists, beatniks, hippies and serial killers were all pure libertarians who affirmed the rights of the individual against social norms and against what they believed to be the hypocrisy of morality, sentiment, justice and pity.