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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. 2017.
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  • This pale, beetle-browed lady ought to have enjoined those to be timid who know how.

  • You're primitive and beetle-browed, but you've got what it takes.

    The Sky Trap Frank Belknap Long
  • And of all other women lean, hollow-eyed, old, beetle-browed women (saith he) are the most infectious.

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

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

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • Late that afternoon a beetle-browed and forbidding-looking individual entered Brown's office.

    Shadow, the Mysterious Detective Police Captain Howard
  • Another was a black-bearded, beetle-browed, hang-dog looking rascal.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • 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
  • He was just the proper foil for Danilo's thick-haired, beetle-browed, red-lipped personality.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
  • We have often wondered how one university could possibly corner the entire supply of treacherous and beetle-browed humanity.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
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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