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
In the collective mind of the general public, the word beatnik became synonymous with juvenile delinquent.
In a North Beach bar one day, Caen happened to overhear poet Bob Kaufman playfully invent the word beatnik.
Although he never embraced the word beatnik, he never failed to identify himself and his friends as members of the Beat Generation.
Shortly after the coining of the term beatnik in the late fifties, the paths of the Beat Generation and what most of America believed to be beatnik culture began to diverge exponentially.
The aging beatnik from the psychedelic van, with his smelly tracking dog.
So you see, "gone" in beatnik slang means "really good" as in, "that Charlie Parker is one gone cat".
* Of course, the beatnik is not actually calling Charlie Parker a cat.
(As they said before my time ... still I enjoy the "beatnik" image!)
Note 22: Stephen was a decade older than most of his followers, and at times expressed a preference for "beatnik" as a form of self-reference.
Still, it's worth recalling the nascent days of the counterculture, when "beatnik" was the opprobrious term applied to Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg and their ilk well before underground art turned psychedelic and the "summer of love" had hippies putting flowers in their hair.