beetling

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

beetling

  1. present participle of beetle

Noun[edit]

beetling (plural beetlings)

  1. The process by which fabrics, etc. are beetled, or beaten with a mallet.

Adjective[edit]

beetling (not comparable)

  1. Jutting or protruding, especially of a person's brows.
    • 1995, Iain Banks, Whit
      If the fire, with its giant black kettle swung over the flames, is our never-extinguished shrine, then the stove is an altar. It is habitually tended by my step-aunt Calliope (usually known as Calli), a dark, stocky, dense-looking woman with beetling black brows and a tied-back sheaf of thick hair, still raven-black without a trace of silver after her forty-four years.