Etymology
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beddable (adj.)
"sexually attractive," 1941, from bed + -able.
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bed-swerver (n.)
"one false or unfaithful to a marriage bed," 1610s, from bed (n.) + agent noun from swerve (v.).
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belemnite (n.)
type of fossil common in Jurassic sediments, the remains of an extinct squid-like animal, 1640s, from Greek belemnon "dart" (from ballein "to throw, to throw so as to hit," from PIE root *gwele- "to throw, reach") + -ite (1). So called for their shape.
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belly-punch (n.)
also bellypunch, "fist-blow to the stomach," 1811, from belly (n.) + punch (n.3).
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betting (n.)
"the making of wagers," 1590s, verbal noun bet (v.).
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bewildering (adj.)
1761, present-participle adjective from bewilder. Related: Bewilderingly.
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beggar (v.)
"reduce to poverty," mid-15c., from beggar (n.). From c. 1600 as "exceed the means of," hence "to outdo." Related: Beggared; beggaring.
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