a woman who prays for another person as a duty, especially when paid.
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 […]
one of a breed of small hounds having long ears, short legs, and a usually black, tan, and white coat. Contemporary Examples All this time his beagle lay motionless on the floor in the entry hall. The Day I Met Charles Schulz Daniel J. Levitin February 11, 2013 There was a brief attempt to train […]
noun John. 1901–71, New Zealand historian and author. His works include Exploration of the Pacific (1934) and The Journals of James Cook (1955)