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A beetle.

Etymology

Late Middle English bityl < Old English bitelabiting”.

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Noun

Singular
beetle

Plural
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  1. Any of numerous species of insect in the order Coleoptera characterized by a pair of hard, shell-like, front wings which cover and protect a pair of rear wings when at rest.
  2. A type of mallet with a large wooden head.
  3. Nickname of two models of car made by Volkswagen.

Synonyms

  • bug (U.S. colloquial)

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Verb

Infinitive
to beetle

Third person singular
beetles

Simple past
beetled

Past participle
beetled

Present participle
beetling

to beetle (third-person singular simple present beetles, present participle beetling, simple past and past participle beetled)
  1. To move away quickly, to scurry away.
    He beetled off on his vacation.
    • 1983, Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night,[1] The Mountaineers Books, ISBN 978-0-380-01207-7, page 144:
      [] But he seems to have beetled off somewhere as usual. []
    • 2005, James D. Doss, The Witch’s Tongue, Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-312-99108-1, page 178:
      Her eyes still closed, his aunt smiled cruelly. “I know what you are dying to say, Bertie. Go ahead—take the cheap shot. I’ll squash you like the nasty little bug you are.”
      Thus chastened, the little man beetled away.
  2. To loom over.
    The heavy chimney beetled over the thatched roof.
    • 1858, Dean of Pimlico, “A Story for the New Year”, in the Dublin University Magazine, reprinted in Littell’s Living Age, volume LVI (volume XX of the second series), January–March 1858, Littell, Son & Company, page 63:
      I was indeed gently affected, and shared his fears, remembering well the bulging walls of the old house, and the toppling mass of heavy chimney work which beetled over the roof, beneath which these poor doves had made their nest.

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