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One associated with or characterized by: beatnik; peacenik.
[Yiddish and Russian (Yiddish, from Russian), of Slavic origin.]
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suffix forming nouns
denoting a person associated with a specified state, belief, or quality: beatnik; refusenik.
[C20: from Russian -nik, as in Sputnik, and influenced by Yiddish -nik (agent suffix)]
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a suffix of nouns that refer, often in a derogatory way, to persons who espouse a cause, represent a cultural attitude, or are ardent enthusiasts of a thing or phenomenon: beatnik; computernik; filmnik; peacenik.
[< Yiddish (compare nudnik) < Slavic: a personal suffix in Slavic languages in contact with Yiddish]
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