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A person, especially a member or follower of the Beat Generation, whose behavior, views, and often style of dress are pointedly unconventional.
1. (Sociology) a member of the Beat Generation (sense 1)
2. informal any person with long hair and shabby clothes
[C20: from beat (n) + -nik, by analogy with Sputnik]
1. (sometimes cap.) a member of the Beat Generation.
2. a person who rejects or avoids conventional behavior, dress, etc.
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|Noun||1.||beatnik - a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior|
beat generation, beatniks, beats - a United States youth subculture of the 1950s; rejected possessions or regular work or traditional dress; for communal living and psychedelic drugs and anarchism; favored modern forms of jazz (e.g., bebop)