beetle vs mallet what difference

what is difference between beetle and mallet



  • IPA(key): /ˈbiːtəl/
    • (General American) IPA(key): [ˈbiɾəɫ]
  • Rhymes: -iːtəl
  • Homophone: Beatle

Etymology 1

From Middle English bitle, bityl, bytylle, from Old English bitula, bitela, bītel (beetle), from Proto-Germanic *bitulaz, *bītilaz (that which tends to bite, biter, beetle), equivalent to bite +‎ -le. Cognate with Danish bille (beetle), Icelandic bitil, bitul (a bite, bit), Faroese bitil (small piece, bittock).

Alternative forms

  • bittle, betel, bittil (all obsolete)


beetle (plural beetles)

  1. Any of numerous species of insect in the order Coleoptera characterized by a pair of hard, shell-like front wings which cover and protect a pair of rear wings when at rest.
  2. (uncountable) A game of chance in which players attempt to complete a drawing of a beetle, different dice rolls allowing them to add the various body parts.
    • 1944, Queen’s Nurses’ Magazine (volumes 33-35, page 12)
      Guessing competitions were tackled with much enthusiasm, followed by a beetle drive, and judging by the laughter, this was popular with all.
  3. Alternative letter-case form of Beetle (car)
    • For quotations using this term, see Citations:beetle.
  • (insect): bug (U.S. colloquial)
Derived terms


beetle (third-person singular simple present beetles, present participle beetling, simple past and past participle beetled)

  1. To move (away) quickly, to scurry away.
    He beetled off on his vacation.
    • 1982, A Woman of No Importance (TV programme)
      I beetled across to our table, but no Pauline, no Mr Cresswell, no Mr Rudyard.

See also

  • bug
  • chafer
  • firefly
  • ladybird
  • scarab

Etymology 2

From Middle English bitel-brouwed (beetle-browed). Possibly after beetle, from the fact that some beetles have bushy antennae.


beetle (comparative more beetle, superlative most beetle)

  1. Protruding, jutting, overhanging. (As in beetle brows.)


beetle (third-person singular simple present beetles, present participle beetling, simple past and past participle beetled)

  1. To loom over; to extend or jut.
    The heavy chimney beetled over the thatched roof.
    • 1822, William Wordsworth, In a Carriage, upon the Banks of the Rhin
      Each beetling rampart, and each tower sublime.

Etymology 3

From Middle English betel, from Old English bīetel, akin to bēatan (to beat).


beetle (plural beetles)

  1. A type of mallet with a large wooden head, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc.
  2. A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in cotton mills; a beetling machine.
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beetle (third-person singular simple present beetles, present participle beetling, simple past and past participle beetled)

  1. To beat with a heavy mallet.
  2. To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine.
    to beetle cotton goods



From Middle English malet, maylet, from Old French mallet, maillet (a wooden hammer, mallet), diminutive of mal, mail (a hammer), from Latin malleus (a hammer, mall, mallet).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmælɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ælɪt


mallet (plural mallets)

  1. A type of hammer with a larger-than-usual head made of wood, rubber or similar non-iron material, used by woodworkers for driving a tool, such as a chisel. A kind of maul.
  2. A weapon resembling the tool, but typically much larger.
  3. A small hammer-like tool used for playing certain musical instruments.
  4. A light beetle with a long handle used in playing croquet.
  5. The stick used to strike the ball in the sport of polo.

Derived terms

  • malleter
  • Mallet (cryptography)



mallet (third-person singular simple present mallets, present participle malleting, simple past and past participle malleted)

  1. (transitive) To beat or strike with, or as if with, a mallet.
    • 2007, John Geddes, Highway to Hell (page 220)
      [] and when a couple of insurgents ran in to make the capture she malleted them with her rifle.

Related terms

  • malleable
  • malleate

Further reading

  • mallet in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • mallet in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • mallet at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • metall.




  1. third-person singular imperfect active subjunctive of mālō

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