Definition of Beatniks

1. Noun. 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).

Exact synonyms: Beat Generation, Beats
Generic synonyms: Youth Subculture
Member holonyms: Beat, Beatnik

Definition of Beatniks

1. Noun. (plural of beatnik) ¹

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Definition of Beatniks

1. beatnik [n] - See also: beatnik

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Beatniks

beating-reed instrument
beating around the bush
beating down
beating off
beating up
beatniks (current term)
beats a dead horse
beats around the bush
beats down
beats me
beats off
beats per minute
beats up
beau geste
beau ideal

Literary usage of Beatniks

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"... mileage by attacking the "kooks, beatniks and radicals" on campus and the allegedly weak-kneed administrators and faculty who tolerate their antics. ..."

2. Technologies for Understanding and Preventing Substance Abuse and Addiction by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"Prior to the mid-1960s, marijuana use in the United States was mostly confined to various subgroups such as Mexican laborers, jazz musicians, and beatniks. ..."

3. Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 by Janet Allen (1999)
""B is for beatniks, who had hair aplenty"; the sixties? "B is for bombs that fell in Vietnam"). Students will need to read their textbooks closely and ..."

4. The Harleian Miscellany: Or, A Collection of Scarce, Curious, and by William Oldys, John Malham (1810)
"... before paltry beatniks raise your siege, “ Who think by faint resistance to oblige: “ Nor let the kinder ladies tempting charms “ Conline you still to ..."

5. Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle (1862)
"... there was still the heart that could feel for suffering, and appreciate beatniks« in another. It is a singular thing that one of our difficulties should ..."

6. The Urban Condition: space, community, and self in the contemporary metropolis by Ghent Urban Studies Team (1999)
"... postwar years soon developed habits of rebelling and setting up countercultures: first the mods and beatniks, then the hippies and flower-power adepts, ..."

7. Architecture of Instruction and Delight: A Socio-historical Analysis of by Pieter van Wesemael (2001)
"Compare these remarks by Tange and Kawazoe to McLuhan's plea for new multimedia museum didactics whose intentions included getting the youth, beatniks, ..."

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