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  • v. Present participle of beetle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A beating with a beetle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. jutting or overhanging


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  • I don't know what the word beetling means, but if it means anything bad, I will certainly apply it to that pali.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • I don’t know what the word beetling means, but if it means anything bad, I will certainly apply it to that pali.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • As for the Irish, they came to America as “ferocious gorilla-like living specimens of the Neanderthal man . . . easily recognized by the great upper lip, bridgeless nose, beetling brow and low growing hair, and wild and savage aspect.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • He saw the lights of cars beetling their way through the night in numberless, rushing caravans bringing his countrymen to homes and families and jobs on the third shift and the promise of a new start in some other well-lit town that would replace the one that had disappointed.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Father scowled at her anyway, his thick black eyebrows beetling together.


  • The captain could not control them, but McCoy's gentle presence seemed to rebuke and calm them, and the muttering and cursing died away, until the full crew, save here and there an anxious face directed at the captain, yearned dumbly toward the green clad peaks and beetling coast of Pitcairn.


  • What if, in the last reveal, it were to be disclosed that the human-Cylon showdown already took place, aeons ago, before our beetling progress toward the stars had even begun?

    Lost In Space

  • Yesterday a sailplane landed as light as that proverbial feather in Grasmere . . . under the beetling eminence of Helm Crag . . .

    Country diary: Grasmere, Lake District

  • It is staffed by people beetling round in golf carts, wearing whatever constitutes the new uniform of evil lairs, now that Guantánamo has made orange jumpsuits déclassé.

    Get High: Why Nike got hooked on dope | Marina Hyde

  • 'Neath beetling hills, and Henley's chalky clifts,

    The Age Reviewed


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  • You're in good company using it in a locomotory sense:

    "Mr. Jasinski was believably old, with a beetling walk and mannerisms that made Dr. Coppelius something between the unusual poles of tragic eccentric and lovable codger."

    ---New York Times, 30 October 1989

    March 22, 2014

  • My mom and I used this word to describe the funny way my dog used to walk: sort of a clipped, bouncy lope. This isn't the first neologism to come out of our family.

    March 22, 2014

  • "Beetling is a process applied to linen, and cotton fabrics made to resemble linen, to produce a hard, flat surface with high lustre and to make the texture less porous; the fabric is dampened and pounded with heavy wooden mallets."

    - source (and partial photo of beetling machine) at the bottom of this page.

    June 27, 2009

  • The most common form of beetle as verb. Which is pretty cool.

    May 1, 2009