Other Word Forms
Origin of beadle
- Middle English bedel herald (from Old English bydel) and from Old French bedel (from Medieval Latin bedellus) (from Old High German butil bheudh- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English bedel, bidel, from Old English bydel (“warrant officer, apparitor”), from Proto-Germanic *budilaz (“herald”), from Proto-Germanic *beudaną (“to present, offer”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to comprehend, make aware”). Akin to Old High German butil (“beadle”), (whence German Büttel), Old English bēodan (“to announce”). More at bid.