beely

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From bee +‎ -ly.

Adjective[edit]

beely (comparative beelier or more beely, superlative beeliest or most beely)

  1. Of, relating to or pertaining to bees; apian.
    • 1877, Elizabeth Anna Hart, Silver wings and golden scales:
      As for bees, we cannot accuse them of silence, as the peculiar buzzing-sound they make in flying, [...] and which is so very agreeable to our ears when its gentle monotony enlivens the calm of the warm summer air, is, we may hope, a cheerful accompaniment to all beely labours, and as pleasant to those who make it as our voices are to us, [...]
    • 1950, Gleanings in bee culture:
      With their countenance' spaces Planned for beely enterprise [...]

Adverb[edit]

beely (comparative beelier or more beely, superlative beeliest or most beely)

  1. In a beely or beelike manner.
    • 1965, Murray Hoyt, The world of bees:
      His effort is to come as near 100 percent as is humanly (and beely) possible.

Etymology 2[edit]

Variation of belie.

Verb[edit]

beely (third-person singular simple present beelies, present participle beelying, simple past and past participle beelied)

  1. Alternative form of belie.
    • 1813, Matteo Bandello, Joseph Haslewood, Giovanni Boccaccio, Palace of pleasure:
      And were it not that I haue a desire in nothing to beely the author, and lesse will to leaue that which he had wrytten vpon the miserable end [...]