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[beet-l-broud] /ˈbit lˌbraʊd/
having heavy projecting eyebrows.
scowling or sullen.
Origin of beetle-browed
1325-75; Middle English bitel-browed, probably with bitel sharp(-edged), Old English *bitel (see beetle1); see brow, -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • You're primitive and beetle-browed, but you've got what it takes.

    The Sky Trap Frank Belknap Long
  • Above, the building was beetle-browed; below, it was dish-faced.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • "Or all three," put in the beetle-browed man who was working next to Zorzi.


    F. Marion Crawford
  • A knock brought a black-haired, beetle-browed person to the window.

    The Story of Patsy

    Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  • "An' so you're goin' to put my father down on the black list," said the beetle-browed son of the Rouser.

    Fardorougha, The Miser William Carleton
  • Late that afternoon a beetle-browed and forbidding-looking individual entered Brown's office.

    Shadow, the Mysterious Detective Police Captain Howard
  • This pale, beetle-browed lady ought to have enjoined those to be timid who know how.

  • The adjective “beetle-browed,” and similarly “beetling” (of a cliff), are derived from the name of the insect.

  • The rumbustious ogre has a hitherto undescribed, but quite imaginable, gap-toothed, beetle-browed ogress of a wife.

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • A beetle-browed, untidy individual was sitting just within the entrance to the cabaret, warming his toes at a charcoal brazier.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for beetle-browed


having bushy or overhanging eyebrows
sullen in appearance; scowling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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