Definition of bee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//biː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//biː//
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  1. 1 a black and yellow flying insect that can sting. Bees live in large groups and make honey (= a sweet sticky substance that is good to eat). a swarm of bees a bee sting Bees were buzzing in the clover. see also beehive, beeswax, bumblebee, queen bee See related entries: Invertebrates
  2. 2(North American English) a meeting in a group where people combine work, competition and pleasure a sewing bee see also spelling bee
  3. Word OriginOld English bēo, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bij and German dialect Beie.Extra examples Butterflies, flies, and bees pollinate flowers. He was stung by thousands of angry bees. Lavender attracts bees. The bees swarmed around the hive.Idioms very busy More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet. (informal) an excellent person or thing She thinks she's the bee's knees (= she has a very high opinion of herself). (humorous) the basic facts about sex, especially as told to children
    have a bee in your bonnet (about something)
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    (informal) to think or talk about something all the time and to think that it is very important Our teacher has a bee in his bonnet about punctuation.
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