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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Definitions for beastie
  1. Chiefly Literary. a small animal, especially one toward which affection is felt.
  2. Facetious. an insect; bug.
  3. Canadian Slang (chiefly Alberta). construction worker.

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Citations for beastie
... John Silence watched the performance of the cat with profound attention and without interfering. Then he called to the animal by name. "Smoke, you mysterious beastie, what in the world are you about?" Algernon Blackwood, John Silence: Physician Extraordinary, 1908
I've found a wee beastie and he's hurt. May I keep him? Joanne Bertin, Bard's Oath, 2012
Origin of beastie
1775-1785
Beastie is best known from two Scottish sources: Robert Burns’s poem Tae a Moose (To a Mouse), “Wee sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie…”; and the traditional Scottish poem or prayer Things That Go Bump in the Night ”From ghoulies and ghosties / And long-leggedy beasties / And things that go bump in the night, / Good Lord, deliver us.” The word entered English in the late 18th century.
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