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  • n. A proverb.
  • n. An example.
  • n. A person used as an example, either positively or negatively; one who has become a byword for any remarkable quality.
  • n. An exceptional or wonderful character.
  • n. A family outcast; bastard.
  • n. An accidental piece of good fortune; a wonderful stroke of luck or dexterity.
  • n. A mischievous person (usually applied to youngsters); an awkward figure.
  • n. A natural child.


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From Middle English bispel, byspell, from Old English, bīspel, biġspel ("proverb, parable, example, story"), from bī- ("by") + spel ("talk, story"), equivalent to by- +‎ spell. Cognate with Middle Dutch bijspel ("proverb, parable"), Low German bispeel ("example"), German Beispiel ("example"). More at by-, spell.


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  • the outcast of a family.

    January 2, 2008