Meaning of BEE in English


bee /biː/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: beo ]

1 . a black and yellow flying insect that makes ↑ honey and can sting you:

a swarm of bees

a bee sting

⇨ ↑ bumblebee

2 . have a bee in your bonnet (about something) informal to think something is so important, so necessary etc that you keep mentioning it or thinking about it:

Dad’s got a bee in his bonnet about saving electricity.

3 . sewing/quilting etc bee American English informal an occasion when people, usually women, meet in order to do a particular type of work

4 . a busy bee spoken someone who enjoys being busy or active

5 . be the bee’s knees spoken old-fashioned to be very good:

She thought the party was just the bee’s knees.

⇨ ↑ spelling bee , ⇨ the birds and the bees at ↑ bird (3)

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