• synonyms


  1. fighting fish.
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Origin of betta

1925–30; < New Latin < ?
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Examples from the Web for betta

Historical Examples of betta

  • "That is hard, that is unjust, Betta," Paula broke in reprovingly.

    The Bride of the Nile, Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • I don't know but you betta; we might as well; I want to talk with you.

    Ragged Lady, Complete

    William Dean Howells

  • Hadn't you betta wait till you get within half a mile of the man?

    Ragged Lady, Complete

    William Dean Howells

  • Then he shuffled back and murmured: "I reckon you'd betta put her out."

    Excuse Me!

    Rupert Hughes

  • Why, you swam that time, puffed Betta to whom Nora had struggled.

British Dictionary definitions for betta


  1. another name for fighting fish
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Word Origin for betta

C19: from New Latin, of unknown origin
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