1. [ noun ] (zoology) insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
Related terms: insect ladybug leaf_beetle ground_beetle firefly whirligig_beetle weevil carpet_beetle clerid_beetle lamellicorn_beetle elaterid_beetle water_beetle deathwatch_beetle long-horned_beetle tiger_beetle blister_beetle bark_beetle rove_beetle anoplophora_glabripennis Coleoptera
2. [ adjective ] jutting or overhanging
Synonyms: beetling

"beetle brows"

Related terms: protrusive
3. [ verb ] be suspended over or hang over
Synonyms: overhang

"This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town"

Related terms: hang overhang
4. [ noun ] 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
Synonyms: mallet
Related terms: hammer mallet gavel
5. [ verb ] fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle

"He beetled up the staircase" "They beetled off home"

Related terms: travel
6. [ verb ] beat with a beetle
Related terms: beat
Similar spelling:   Bettle