a yeoman of the English royal guard or a warder of the Tower of London.
Informal. an Englishman.
a person who eats beef.
So they would have stood forever, if the beefeater hadn’t come in and commanded them, in the queen’s name, to drop their weapons.
The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
The beefeater before the door of the Lady Mary’s lodgings spat upon the ground when he had passed.
The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
a nickname often applied to the Yeomen of the Guard and the Yeomen Warders at the Tower of London
“warder of the Tower of London,” 1670s, a contemptuous reference to well-fed servants of the royal household; the notion is of “one who eats another’s beef” (cf. Old English hlaf-æta “servant,” literally “loaf-eater”).
An Englishman; limey
[1600s+; fr the preeminence of beef, esp roast beef, in the traditional English diet]
of or like beef. brawny; thickset; heavy. obese. Contemporary Examples He was a beefy figure who never quite lost his German accent despite living all his adult life in the United States. The Noble General John Barry July 23, 2011 And if the broth were not a rich, beefy sauce but instead a light and […]
- Bee fly
any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Bombyliidae, some of which resemble bees. noun any hairy beelike nectar-eating dipterous fly of the family Bombyliidae, whose larvae are parasitic on those of bees and related insects
- Bee glue
propolis. noun another name for propolis
- Bee gum
a gum tree, hollowed especially by decay, in which bees live or from which hives are made. a beehive. Historical Examples Dave Jones bought a bee gum of honey and had a time getting out the honey, with all the crowd assisting. A History of Lumsden’s Battery, C.S.A. George Little