- 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 beetle
In 2007, FWS reported that the beetle outbreak had affected only 16 percent of the whitebark pines.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
The Beetle was launched with a series of television commercials unlike any before them.Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
The sago palm weevil, a type of beetle, is eaten, roasted or raw, as a larvae in Southeast Asia.Cicadas, Grasshoppers, Locusts, Ants Among the Tastiest Insects
May 14, 2013
I don't care whether you're deef or dumb, or whether you're nummer'n a beetle!Meadow Grass
Is not the author and parent of all our love, Cupid, as blind as a beetle?The Praise of Folly
He had drawn the beetle with whom he was talking to a position where they were behind the rest.
By the way, did he mention the name of the beetle that's going to do all this heavy work?Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
It is a representation of an Egyptian beetle, Ateuchus Sacer, you know.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 beetle
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.
beating tool, Old English bietel, from Proto-Germanic *bautilo-z, from *bautan "to beat" (see beat (v.)).