Beetle Definition

bētl
beetled, beetles, beetling
noun
beetles
Any of a large order (Coleoptera) of insects, including weevils, with biting mouthparts and hard front wings (elytra) that cover the membranous hind wings when the hind wings are folded.
Webster's New World
Any insect resembling a beetle.
Webster's New World
A heavy mallet with a large wooden head.
American Heritage
A heavy mallet, usually wooden, for driving wedges, tamping earth, etc.
Webster's New World
A small wooden household mallet.
American Heritage
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verb
beetled, beetles, beetling
To make one's way or move like a beetle.
American Heritage
To move or run hastily; scurry; scuttle.
Webster's New World
To pound with a beetle.
Webster's New World
To jut; overhang.
American Heritage
To put a glossy finish on (cloth) by flattening the fibers with a beetle.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Jutting; overhanging.
Webster's New World
Protruding, jutting, overhanging. (As in beetle brows.)
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Beetle

Noun

Singular:
beetle
Plural:
beetles

Origin of Beetle

  • From Middle English bitle, bityl, bytylle, from Old English bitula, bitela, bītel (“beetle”), from Proto-Germanic *bitulaz, *bītilaz (“that which tends to bite, biter, beetle”), equivalent to bite +‎ -le. Cognate with Danish bille (“beetle”), Icelandic bitil, bitul (“a bite, bit”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English bitel-brouwed (“beetle-browed”). Possibly after beetle#Etymology 1, from the fact that some beetles have bushy antennae.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English betil from Old English bitela from bītan to bite bheid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from Middle English bitel-brouwed beetle-browed beetle-browed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English betel from Old English bȳtl bhau- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English betel, from Old English bīetel, akin to bēatan (“to beat”)

    From Wiktionary

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