Beastie



Chiefly Literary. a small animal, especially one toward which affection is felt.
Facetious. an insect; bug.
Canadian Slang (chiefly Alberta) . construction worker.
Contemporary Examples

The beastie Boy curates a 17-day festival at MOCA Los Angeles that features art, concerts, and more.
Mike D. Curates ‘Transmission LA’ at MOCA Los Angeles Isabel Wilkinson April 19, 2012

The beastie Boys and Laura Nyro are in, but Chicago and KISS are out?!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Sucks! Jamie Reno April 11, 2012

So, when we went to open up for the beastie Boys in Passaic, New Jersey, I wore the clock.
Hip-Hop Star Flavor Flav Talks Dirty Marlow Stern May 30, 2011

I blasted the beastie Boys and chemically straightened my curls, drenching them with Sun-In until I, too, had long, golden waves.
Living On—And Leaving—America’s Biggest Commune Rena Mundo Croshere November 22, 2012

The Song That Crossed Over The beastie Boys began getting airplay on rock radio with the release of “Sabotage” in 1994.
Best of Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA, and the Beastie Boys (Video) The Daily Beast Video May 3, 2012

Historical Examples

When it was safely dead, he began to search through his encyclopedia to see what kind of a “beastie” he had caught.
The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 19, March 18, 1897 Various

If ever an animal deserved such a name, this was the beastie.
Harper’s Young People, April 5, 1881 Various

What glorious discoveries the future would have in store for us, if we understood the beastie’s secrets better!
The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean Henri Fabre

Said this Scotsman: ‘Sandy, I am thinking if yon fly is a birdie or a beastie.’
Marriage H. G. Wells

It was dark and blowing, and the doctor went outside and thrust the beastie into the only building in sight.
Le Petit Nord Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding

noun
(Scot) a small animal
(informal) an insect

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