Betty

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See also: betty and Bettý

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛti/
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Proper noun[edit]

Betty

  1. A diminutive of the female given name Elizabeth.
    • 1864 August – 1866 January, [Elizabeth] Gaskell, chapter 10, in Wives and Daughters. An Every-day Story. In Two Volumes, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Smith, Elder and Co., [], published 1866, OCLC 83344188:
      People in the last century weren't afraid of homely names; now we are all so smart and fine: no more "Lady Bettys" now.
    • 1991 Peter Hedges, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Simon & Schuster (1999), →ISBN, page 60:
      But Mrs. Betty Carver respects tradition, and this, I'm afraid, is ours. - - - She smells like expensive soap and her teeth are shiny-white. She does not in any way look like her name. It's not her fault that she was born in a time when people believed in names like Wanda, Dottie and Betty. She's more of a Vanessa or Paulina.

Usage notes[edit]

  • A popular given name in the early 20th century, often in the form Betty Lou.

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Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English Betty.

Proper noun[edit]

Betty

  1. a female given name from English

Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Betty c

  1. A female given name from English borrowed from English Betty.

Tagalog[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English Betty.

Proper noun[edit]

Betty

  1. A female given name from English