English dictionary

beetle meaning and definition


Definition of beetle (noun)

  1. insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
  2. a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing


Definition of beetle (verb)

  1. be suspended over or hang over
    • "This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town"
    • synonyms: overhang
  2. fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle
    • "He beetled up the staircase"; "They beetled off home"
  3. beat with a beetle

BEETLE adjective

Definition of beetle (adjective)

  1. jutting or overhanging
Source: Princeton University Wordnet