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 23, 2007
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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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Jazz hippies in berets.
"Like. . . .wow daddio." Beatnik speak.
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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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Someone who is beat by society, someone
at the bottom of the bucket.Someone
who has been down so long it looks like
up.A part of the lost generation. A cool
cat,a beatnik, man.
hey that cat is hip, he his cool man
he is a beatnik can't go no further
by leaf August 24, 2004
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as the first person said, pre-date hippies by about 20 years, were interested in poetry, art, literature.
On the Road, by Jack Keourack, if thats how its spelled.
by Random April 6, 2004
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