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Etymology 1[edit]

From bee +‎ -ly.


beely (comparative more beely, superlative most beely)

  1. (rare) 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 []


beely (comparative more beely, superlative most beely)

  1. (humorous, rare) In a 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]

Variant of belie.


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

  1. Obsolete 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 [...]