from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small brimless cap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cap that fits the head closely, usually knitted from wool.
  • n. Short for Beanie Baby, a small soft toy filled with beans or similar stuffing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small skullcap; formerly worn by schoolboys and college freshmen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small skullcap; formerly worn by schoolboys and college freshmen


Probably from bean, head.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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    Hmm...before I even typed that, I saw an ad on this page for tooks--hats with built-in headphones. John, are you now placing mind-reading ads?

    April 18, 2008