from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person, especially a member or follower of the Beat Generation, whose behavior, views, and often style of dress are pointedly unconventional.
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- n. A person associated with the Beat Generation of the 1950s and 1960s or its style.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a member of the Beat Generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
Beat (Generation) + -nik.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by San Francisco columnist Herb Caen in 1958. From beat (generation) + cutesy or ironic use of the Slavic -nik (Russian: -ник). This suffix experienced a surge in English coinages for nicknames and diminutives after the 1957 Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite. Compare jazznik. (Wiktionary)