Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word bee. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in bee.
Definitions and meaning of bee
Homophones: b, be, Bea
From Middle Englishbee, from Old Englishbēo, from Proto-Germanic*bijō (compare West Frisian and Dutchbij, Upper German Beie, Danish and Swedishbi), from Proto-Indo-European*bʰi-, *bʰey- (compare Old Irishbech(“bee”), Welshbydaf(“beehive”), Latinfūcus(“drone”), Latvianbite(“bee”), Russianпчела́(pčelá, “bee”)).
A flying insect, of the clade Anthophila within the hymenopteran superfamily Apoidea, known for its organised societies (though only a minority have them), for collecting pollen and (in some species) producing wax and honey.
1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
His face was belymmed as byes had him stounge[…].
1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.12:
An angry Wasp th'one in a viall had, / Th'other in hers an hony-laden Bee.
Where the Bee ſucks, there ſuck I,
In a Cowslips bell, I lie,
There I cowch when Owles doe crie,
On the Batts backe I doe flie
after Sommer merrily.
Merrily, merrily, ſhall I liue now
Vnder the bloſſom that hangs on the Bow.
2012, ‘Subtle poison’, The Economist, 31 March:
Bees pollinate many of the world’s crops—a service estimated to be worth $15 billion a year in America alone.
Possibly from dialectal bene, been, bean(“help given by neighbours”), from Middle Englishbeen, bene(“neighbourly help, prayer, petition, request, extra service given by a tenant to his lord”), from Old Englishbēn(“prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service”) from Proto-Germanic*bōniz(“prayer, request, supplication”). Cognate with Danishbøn(“prayer”), Dutchban(“curse”), GermanBann(“ban”). More at ban.
A contest, especially for spelling; see spelling bee.
A community gathering to share labour, e.g. a sewing bee or a quilting bee.
S. G. Goodrich
The cellar […] was dug by a bee in a single day.
1973, Alan Skeoch, Tony H. Smith, Canadians and their society (page 139)
There was but little variation in types of buildings in the pioneer period: house, church, store, barn and mill were usually much alike except in size, and a raising bee was the ordinary means of their erection.
2011, Tim Blanning, "The reinvention of the night", Times Literary Supplement, 21 Sep 2011:
Particularly resistant, for example, in many parts of northern Europe was the “spinning bee”, a nocturnal gathering of women to exchange gossip, stories, refreshment and – crucially – light and heat, as they spun wool or flax, knitted or sewed.
From Middle Englishbeeȝ, bie, bei, begh, beiȝe, bege, beah, bye, from Old Englishbēah, bēag, from Proto-Germanic*baugaz.
(obsolete) A ring or torque; a bracelet.
1658, Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial, Penguin 2005, page 16:
...restoring unto the world much gold richly adorning his Sword, two hundred Rubies, many hundred Imperial Coynes, three hundred golden Bees, the bones and horseshoe of his horse enterred with him...
Obsolete spelling of be
1604 Reverend Cawdrey Table Aleph
held that a ‘Nicholaitan is an heretike, like Nicholas, who held that wiues should bee common to all alike.’
(obsolete)past participle of be; been
Cride out, Now now Sir knight, shew what ye bee,
From Middle English [Term?], from Old Englishbe, from Latinbe(the name of the letter B).
The name of the Latin-script letter B.
(Latin-script letter names)letter; a, bee, cee, dee, e, ef, gee, aitch, i, jay, kay, el, em, en, o, pee, cue, ar, ess, tee, u, vee, double-u, ex, wye, zee / zed
Probably from Old Englishbēah(“ring”). Compare bow.
(nautical, usually in the plural) Any of the pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through.
(transitive) to take
Mohamed Hassan Kamil (2015) L’afar: description grammaticale d’une langue couchitique (Djibouti, Erythrée et Ethiopie), Paris: Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (doctoral thesis)
(intransitive) to grow
Ross, M. & Næss, Å. (2007) , “An Oceanic origin for Äiwoo, the language of the Reef Islands?”, in Oceanic Linguistics, volume 46, issue 2. Cited in: "Äiwoo" in Greenhill, S.J., Blust, R., & Gray, R.D. (2008). The Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database: From Bioinformatics to Lexomics. Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 4:271-283.
lineage, family line
Aukan-English Dictionary (SIL)
Leenhardt, M. (1946) Langues et dialectes de l'Austro-Mèlanèsie. Cited in: "ⁿDuᵐbea" in Greenhill, S.J., Blust, R., & Gray, R.D. (2008). The Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database: From Bioinformatics to Lexomics. Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 4:271-283.
Shintani, T.L.A. & Païta, Y. (1990) Dictionnaire de la langue de Païta, Nouméa: Sociéte d'etudes historiques de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Cited in: "Drubea" in Greenhill, S.J., Blust, R., & Gray, R.D. (2008). The Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database: From Bioinformatics to Lexomics. Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 4:271-283.
Speakers often use the corresponding forms of b-kirjain ("letter B, letter b") instead of inflecting this word, especially in plural.
beef pl (masc.bami, masc. pluralbii, fem.bôko)
they (fem. or mixed gender)
IPA(key): [ ˈbɛɛ]
baa (sound of a sheep)
(Classical) IPA(key): /ˈbeː.eː/
(Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈbe.e/, [ˈbɛː.ɛ]
baa (sound of a sheep)
bee in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
From Old Irishbíad(“food”). Cognate with Irishbia and Scottish Gaelicbiadh.
beem (genitive singularbee, pluralbeeghyn)
bee ny jeeghyn(“ambrosia”)
bee millish(“sweetmeat, sweet”)
bee moddee(“dog food”)
See the etymology of the main entry.
inflection of ve:
second-person singular imperative
be, beo, bey
From Old Englishbēo, from Proto-Germanic*bijō.
(Early Middle English) IPA(key): /bøː/
bee (pluralbeen or bees)
A bee(insect that collects pollen)
Scots: bee, be, beye, bie, bea
“bẹ̄ (n.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-11-24.
with, by means of, by means of it
second-person singular present subjunctive absolute of at·tá
San Juan Guelavía Zapotec
López Antonio, Joaquín; Jones, Ted; Jones, Kris (2012) Vocabulario breve del Zapoteco de San Juan Guelavía (in Spanish), second electronic edition, Tlalpan, D.F.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., pages 13, 25
From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian*waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian*wahiʀ.