'beetle', 'Beetle': [ˈbiːtəl]

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bee•tle1 /ˈbitəl/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Insectsan insect having hard, horny front wings that cover and protect the wings used for flight.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bee•tle1  (bētl),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -tled, -tling. 
  1. Insectsany of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by hard, horny forewings that cover and protect the membranous flight wings.
  2. Insects(loosely) any of various insects resembling the beetle, as a cockroach.

  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]to move quickly;
    scurry:He beetled off to catch the train.
  • late Middle English betylle, bityl, Old English bitela (bitel- biting (bit- bite + -el adjective, adjectival suffix) + -a noun, nominal suffix) bef. 900

bee•tle2  (bētl),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -tled, -tling. 
  1. Buildinga heavy hammering or ramming instrument, usually of wood, used to drive wedges, force down paving stones, compress loose earth, etc.
  2. Buildingany of various wooden instruments for beating linen, mashing potatoes, etc.

  1. Buildingto use a beetle on;
    drive, ram, beat, or crush with a beetle.
  2. Textilesto finish (cloth) with a beetling machine.
beetler, n. 
  • Middle English betel, Old English bētl, bȳtel hammer (cognate with Middle Low German bētel chisel), equivalent. to bē(a)t- beat + -il noun, nominal suffix bef. 900

bee•tle3  (bētl),USA pronunciation adj., v.,  -tled, -tling. 
  1. projecting;
    overhanging:beetle brows.

  1. to project;
    jut out;
    overhang:a cliff that beetles over the sea.
  2. to hang or tower over in a threatening or menacing manner:The prospect of bankruptcy beetled over him.
  • 1325–75; Middle English; back formation from beetle-browed

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beetle /ˈbiːtəl/ n
  1. any insect of the order Coleoptera, having biting mouthparts and forewings modified to form shell-like protective elytra
  2. a game played with dice in which the players draw or assemble a beetle-shaped form
vb (intr; followed by along, off, etc)
  1. informal to scuttle or scurry; hurry
Etymology: Old English bitela; related to bitol teeth, bit, bītan to bite
beetle /ˈbiːtəl/ n
  1. a heavy hand tool, usually made of wood, used for ramming, pounding, or beating
  2. a machine used to finish cloth by stamping it with wooden hammers
Etymology: Old English bīetel, from bēatan to beat; related to Middle Low German bētel chisel, Old Norse beytill penis
beetle /ˈbiːtəl/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to overhang; jut
  1. overhanging; prominent
Etymology: 14th Century: perhaps related to beetle1

ˈbeetling adj

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