beetle3 /ˈbiːt(ə)l/


I. verb [no obj.] (usu. as adj. beetling)

1. (of a rock or a person’s eyebrows) project or overhang.

his eyebrows beetled with irritation.
II. adjective [ attrib.]

1. (of a person’s eyebrows) shaggy and projecting

thick beetle brows.
III. derivatives

beetle-browed /ˈbiːtlbraʊd /

– origin mid 16th cent. (as an adjective): back-formation from beetle-browed, first recorded in Middle English. The verb was apparently used as a nonce word by Shakespeare and was later adopted by other writers.

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