bewdy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From beauty.

Noun[edit]

bewdy (plural bewdies)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of beauty.
    • 1933, Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 233, page 350,
      [] Say,” she continued, “ I wish I had time ta take ya to a bewdy parlor. Yew'd look cute by the time I had ya face fixed and ya eyebrows done and ya hair waved.”
    • 1936, The American Caravan, Volume 5, page 625,
      This was bewdy.
    • 2008, Nage Archer, Slave Heart[1], page 189:
      Lovely smile, doncha know. She wos a bewdy, pretty as a rosella.
  2. (Australia, informal) A beauty: a beautiful person or thing; an especially good example of something.
    • 1987, Don Chipp, John Larkin, Chipp, page 35,
      The day before the Press Club luncheon, I was in Traralgon, Victoria, when a fellow came up to me in a bar and said, ‘Chippy, that bloody slogan suits you down to the ground. It′s a bewdy.’
    • 1993, Venero Armanno, The Lonely Hunter[2], page 15:
      [] Look at this bewdy.’ Romeo held out a fat rose from the bush he was pruning.
    • 1997, Paul Mitchell, Dodging the Bull[3], page 94:
      But she still cooks a bewdy of a roast.
    • 2000, Ian Jack (editor), Australia: The New New World, Granta, page 172,
      ‘'This little bewdy I cut out of a magazine and stuck down on a piece of card... Don′t tell anyone, mind. The tourists love it.’
    • 2004, Peter Smith, Australia in the Raw: An Eclectic Collection of Meandering Musings[4], page 97:
      Course the silly bugger fell in love with this Yank bewdy called Linda Koslowski and that was the end to his long term marriage.

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bewdy

  1. (Australia, informal) Used to express enthusiasm, pleasure or approval.
    I scored us a couple of tickets to the match on Saturday.Bewdy, mate!
    • 1993, Patti Walkuski, David Harris, No Bed of Roses: Memoirs of a Madam, page 124,
      The young woman gave them the fingers up and walked back disdainfully, ignoring their whistles and shouts of, ‘Bewdy, you showed him.’
    • 2009, Howard Young, Searching the Crocodile Coast: Sequel to Crocodile Coast Crash[5], page 6:
      Bewdy!” said Hugh, as he turned away to get his breakfast.
    • 2011, Bruce Guthrie, Man Bites Murdoch: Four Decades in Print, Six Days in Court[6], page 123:
      ‘Listen, I′ll give it some thought,’ I said. ‘I′ll come back to you tomorrow, okay?’ I was being polite.
      ‘Tomorrow? Bewdy,’ said Mallon.