- any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by hard, horny forewings that cover and protect the membranous flight wings.
- (loosely) any of various insects resembling the beetle, as a cockroach.
- Chiefly British. to move quickly; scurry: He beetled off to catch the train.
Origin of beetle1
- a heavy hammering or ramming instrument, usually of wood, used to drive wedges, force down paving stones, compress loose earth, etc.
- any of various wooden instruments for beating linen, mashing potatoes, etc.
- to use a beetle on; drive, ram, beat, or crush with a beetle.
- to finish (cloth) with a beetling machine.
Origin of beetle2
- projecting; overhanging: beetle brows.
- to project; jut out; overhang: a cliff that beetles over the sea; his mustache and beetling brows; thick eyebrows beetling over blue eyes.
- to hang or tower over in a threatening or menacing manner: The prospect of bankruptcy beetled over him.
Origin of beetle3
Examples from the Web for beetling
He was like a beetling mountain, always hanging over my head.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
Entered also Mordaunt Merrilac, as beetling of brow as ever.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
He rose majestically as Fischko entered and turned on him a beetling frown.Elkan Lubliner, American
The old Commoner scowled, and his beetling brows hid for a moment his eyes.The Clansman
Drawing nearer, they get under the shadow of its beetling bluffs.The Lone Ranche
Captain Mayne Reid
- any insect of the order Coleoptera, having biting mouthparts and forewings modified to form shell-like protective elytraRelated adjective: coleopteran
- a game played with dice in which the players draw or assemble a beetle-shaped form
- informal to scuttle or scurry; hurry
- a heavy hand tool, usually made of wood, used for ramming, pounding, or beating
- a machine used to finish cloth by stamping it with wooden hammers
- to beat or pound with a beetle
- to finish (cloth) by means of a beetle
- (intr) to overhang; jut
- overhanging; prominent
Word Origin and History for beetling
beating tool, Old English bietel, from Proto-Germanic *bautilo-z, from *bautan "to beat" (see beat (v.)).
type of insect, Old English bitela "beetle," literally "little biter," from bitel "biting," related to bitan "to bite" (see bite). As a nickname for the original Volkswagen car, 1946, translating German Käfer.
"project, overhang," c.1600, back-formation from bitelbrouwed "grim-browed, sullen" (mid-14c.), from bitel "sharp-edged, sharp" (c.1200), probably a compound from Old English *bitol "biting, sharp," related to bite, + brow, which in Middle English meant "eyebrow," not "forehead." Meaning "to overhang dangerously" (of cliffs, etc.) is from c.1600. Related: Beetled; beetling.