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1.
cool 50's youth culture. Wore berets and polo necks. Hung out in coffee shops playing bongos and reciting poetry and experimenting with marijuana.Pre-dates the hippie movement by about 10-15 years.
Alen Ginsberg and Jack Keruoac were beatniks. Man, they were some cool cats!
by loco weed April 24, 2003
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2.
Jazz hippies in berets.
"Like. . . .wow daddio." Beatnik speak.
by Rawrleet August 26, 2006
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3.
a 50's group of young men after the war looking for atction and excitement, created art and roamed around countries looking for truth, were taught by zen Buddhist, ate Bacon Egg and Cheese sandwhiches. they were, as Cassidy would say "It". Their poetry often resembles Rimbaud, Blake and Whitman.
Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs, Huncke and Cassidy headed for San fransico with a napsack and a thumb.
by marcu$ July 26, 2004
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4.
A member of the Beat Generation (late 50's - early 60's), a nonconformist in dress and thought. Often reknowned for wearing black turtleneck sweaters, stove-pipe trousers, dark glasses and berets. They used to hang out at coffee shops where they would recite poetry (sometimes accompanied by bongo drums), and talk about jazz or the people/society/regimes that are oppressing them and trying to make them conform.
"Oh, man! Ned spilled ink all over my poems. He's a real flat tire, I mean a cube, man. He's putting us on the train to Squaresville" - Ned Flanders' beatnik father

"I'm really diggin' this jaaaazz, maaan! This cat is really hip! Far out daddy-o!" (clicks his fingers repeatedly)

by burnin4tor February 22, 2007
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5.
A conformist to the Beats. They irritated Jack Kerouac (founder of the beats) to the point where he said he hated them.
"I am not a beatnik, I am a Roman Catholic." - Jack Kerouac
by Anthony April 11, 2004
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6.
vintage life-stylists who like the jazz poetry coffee shoppe scene and anything pertaining to the beatnik era
Beatniks don't clap, they snap
by $ally August 02, 2007
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7.
One of the most awesome stores in downtown Belleville, Illinois. Specialized in shirts printed with:
-Bellevegas
-Belleville East High School Lancers
-Belleville West High School Maroons
-Keep East Saint Louis Beautiful
-I <3 Belleville/O'fallon/Alton, Illinois
and of course home of the Rocket, the funniest faux newspaper around!
Person 1: It sux that we have to wear dress code now
Person 2: i know, i went to beatniks to get my dress code compliant BEAST hoodie!
by Liliuokalani May 30, 2008
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