Meaning of BEETLE in English


I. ˈbēd. ə l, -ēt ə l noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English bityl, betylle, from Old English bitula, from bītan to bite — more at bite

1. : an insect of the order Coleoptera — sometimes distinguished from weevil

2. : any of various insects (as cockroaches) more or less resembling those of the order Coleoptera especially in being of large size and dark color — not used technically

II. intransitive verb

( beetled ; beetled ; beetling -ēd. ə liŋ, -ēt( ə )liŋ ; beetles )

: to scuttle like a beetle either with speed or with awkward bumbling

while the heavy buses beetle past — Thomas Wolfe

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English betel, from Old English bīetel, from bēatan to beat — more at beat

1. : a heavy wooden hammering or ramming instrument for driving stakes, tamping paving blocks, and performing similar heavy tasks of pounding

2. : a wooden pestle or bat for such domestic tasks as beating linen and mashing potatoes

3. : a machine for giving cotton and linen fabrics a compact appearance and a lustrous finish (as by hammering over rollers)

IV. “; for pres part see beetle II transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to flatten and compact (a fabric) in a beetle

V. adjective

Etymology: Middle English bitel- (as in bitel-browed beetle-browed)

: prominent and overhanging — usually used of eyebrows with suggestion of lowering sullenness

VI. “; for pres part see beetle II intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to project, overhang, jut, or loom often ominously or threateningly

the dark heavy brows beetling in a frown — Ellen Glasgow

spending my strength in vain to scale the beetling crags — R.L.Stevenson

Synonyms: see bulge

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