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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beetle-browed

Historical Examples of beetle-browed

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

    The Sky Trap

    Frank Belknap Long

  • Above, the building was beetle-browed; below, it was dish-faced.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

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


    F. Marion Crawford

  • A knock brought a black-haired, beetle-browed person to the window.

    The Story of Patsy

    Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

  • "An' so you're goin' to put my father down on the black list," said the beetle-browed son of the Rouser.

    Fardorougha, The Miser

    William Carleton

British Dictionary definitions for beetle-browed



having bushy or overhanging eyebrows
sullen in appearance; scowling
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