Betsy

or Bet·sey, Bet·si

[bet-see]
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Betsy

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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