Beetle-browed meaning

bētl-broud
Having thick, prominent or projecting eyebrows.
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Having bushy or overhanging eyebrows.
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Frowning; scowling.
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Making an unfriendly or sullen face.
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Origin of beetle-browed

  • Middle English bitel-brouwed having grim brows, sullen perhaps from bitil, betil bug, beetle (from the resemblance of a pair of thick eyebrows to the tufted antennae of a cockchafer) beetle1 or from bitel sharp (probably from Old English bitol biting) (from Old English bite bite) bit2 brouwed (from brow brow brow)

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