or Bet·sey, Bet·si



a female given name, form of Elizabeth. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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fem. pet name, a diminutive of Bet, itself short for Elizabet or Elizabeth. Betsy as the typical a pet name for a favorite firearm is attested in American English by 1856 (cf. Brown Bess, by 1785, British army slang for the old flintlock musket).

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