Meaning of BEETLE in English

BEETLE

I. ˈbē-t ə l noun

Etymology: Middle English betylle, from Old English bitula; akin to bītan to bite

Date: before 12th century

1. : any of an order (Coleoptera) of insects having four wings of which the outer pair are modified into stiff elytra that protect the inner pair when at rest

2. : any of various insects resembling a beetle

II. intransitive verb

( bee·tled ; bee·tling ˈbē-t ə l-iŋ)

Date: circa 1919

: to scurry like a beetle

editors beetled around the office

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English betel, from Old English bīetel; akin to Old English bēatan to beat

Date: before 12th century

1. : a heavy wooden hammering or ramming instrument

2. : a wooden pestle or bat for domestic tasks

IV. adjective

Etymology: Middle English bitel-browed having overhanging brows, probably from betylle, bitel beetle

Date: 14th century

: being prominent and overhanging

beetle brows

V. intransitive verb

( bee·tled ; bee·tling ˈbē-t ə l-iŋ)

Date: 1602

: project , jut

to scale the beetling crags — R. L. Stevenson

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