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beastie

[bee-stee]
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noun
  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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Origin of beastie

First recorded in 1775–85; beast + -ie
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beastie

noun
  1. Scot a small animal
  2. informal an insect
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