(archaic) a list of persons for whom prayers are to be offered
To Jock himself it gave a keen momentary pang to see his own name only third in that beadroll of honour; but so it was.
Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
In our beadroll of the world’s greatest writers I shall mention only one more, Goethe.
The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
a person who prays for another as a duty, especially when paid. an inmate of a poorhouse; almsman. Historical Examples “I ken that baith you and I are owre lang here,” replied the beadsman, as he hurried out. Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various A beadsman was an inmate of an almshouse […]
a woman who prays for another person as a duty, especially when paid. an almswoman. Historical Examples I think the prayer never sounded as sweetly before; nor was there ever cavalier with such a beadswoman. The Fair God Lew Wallace
- Beady eye
noun (informal) keen watchfulness that may be somewhat hostile: he’s got his beady eye on you Historical Examples Sorrow for his loss did not prevent Noborinosuké bringing a bright and beady eye on Aoyama Shūzen. Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville He was not wholly at ease, and persistently avoided the Chinaman’s […]
marked by or having small, glittering eyes, especially eyes that seem to gleam with malice, avarice, or lechery. staring with suspicion, skepticism, etc.: The gambler gave the newcomer a beady-eyed look. Historical Examples That was what Toddles called his beady-eyed conductor in retaliation. The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories Various Chet Ball was staring […]