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[bee-mish] /ˈbi mɪʃ/
bright, cheerful, and optimistic.
Origin of beamish
1520-30; beam (noun) + -ish1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Consternation showed on every face, and beamish swore bitterly.

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  • Paliser, in producing Mrs. beamish, had also produced the programme.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Mr. beamish questioned her most incredulously, half-smiling.

  • Captain beamish is tall and strongly built, but I should not say he was stout.

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  • Mr. beamish replied bracingly, 'The champion wrestler challenges all comers while he wears the belt.'

  • beamish replied politely and with a show of readiness and candor.

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  • "Come to my arms, my beamish boy," caroled McTurk, and they fell into each other's arms dancing.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • beamish, the manager explained, was there and wished to speak to Archer.

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  • Old beamish caught the light in the eyes, the quick contraction of the hands, and smiled.

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • "Righto," beamish answered shortly, and the conversation ended.

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Word Origin and History for beamish

1530 (Palsgrave), from beam + -ish. Lewis Carroll may have thought he was inventing it in "Jabberwocky."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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