noun South Midland and Southern U.S.
a self-important person.
What Does The “Bee” In Spelling Bee Mean Exactly?As spellers from across the country and around the globe gather to take part in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, let’s try to settle a basic question: Where does the bee in “spelling bee” come from? Bee is derived from the Old English bēn meaning “a prayer, a favor.” By the late eighteenth century, bee had become commonly associated with the British dialect form, been or …
Origin of king bee
1890–95, Americanism; on the model of queen bee
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Examples from the Web for king bee
I wanted to win rank in the army—and I did; I ranked everybody as the king-bee of insubordination.Gabriel Tolliver|Joel Chandler Harris