From Middle High German, from Old High German butil (“court official, messenger”), from Proto-Germanic *budilaz (“herald, messenger”), from Proto-Germanic *beudaną (“to announce, present, offer”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to make aware”). Akin to Old English bydel (“beadle”). More at beadle.
- (archaic) a court officer, usher or messenger
- (pejorative) a policeman
- someone relegated to performing menial service
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