Find the word definition

Crossword clues for betty

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Betty \Bet"ty\, n.

  1. [Supposed to be a cant word, from Betty, for Elizabeth, as such an instrument is also called Bess (i. e., Elizabeth) in the Canting Dictionary of 1725, and Jenny (i. e., Jane).] A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open.

    The powerful betty, or the artful picklock.

  2. [Betty, nickname for Elizabeth.] A name of contempt given to a man who interferes with the duties of women in a household, or who occupies himself with womanish matters.

  3. A pear-shaped bottle covered round with straw, in which olive oil is sometimes brought from Italy; -- called by chemists a Florence flask. [U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fem. pet name, from Bet, shortened from Elizabeth, + -y (3).


n. 1 (context slang slightly pejorative English) An attractive woman; a babe. 2 A short bar used by thief to wrench doors open; a jemmy. 3 (context archaic derogatory English) A man who interferes with the duties of women in a household, or who occupies himself with womanish matters. 4 (context US archaic English) A pear-shaped bottle covered with straw, in which olive oil is sometimes brought from Italy; a Florence flask.

Betty (album)

Betty is the third album by Helmet, released in 1994 on Interscope. The album was highly anticipated by both music critics and fans as a result of the band's success with the previous album, Meantime.

Rob Echeverria (guitarist of NYC hardcore band Rest In Pieces) replaced Peter Mengede on guitar. Despite being Helmet's highest charting album in the U.S., Betty was not as successful as Meantime but received almost unanimously favorable reviews from critics. After recording and touring in support of the album, Echeverria left Helmet in 1995 to join Biohazard; however, his departure was more amicable than Mengede's.

Prior to Betty's release in June 1994, the album's biggest hit, "Milquetoast," appeared in alternate form on The Crow soundtrack as "Milktoast." Its video was in regular rotation on MTV, and videos for "Wilma's Rainbow" and "Biscuits For Smut" were also released.


Betty or Bettie is a common diminutive for the names Elizabeth and Bethany. In Latin America, it is also a common diminutive for the name Beatriz, Spanish form of the Latin name Beatrix and the English name Beatrice. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was more often a diminutive of Bethia.

Betty (band)

BETTY is an alternative rock group from New York City. The group originated in Washington, D.C. and traces its lineage to a birthday party for Dodie Bowers (the original owner of the 9:30 Club). The band's harmonies and unique lyrics attracted a cult following in the vibrant alternative music scene and among gay/lesbian audiences. A "BETTY Rules" t-shirt, an early marketing item of the band, appears on one of the AIDS quilts.

The band achieved notoriety by making their first major gig as a band an 'autobiographical' two-act musical at the legendary DC Space in February 1987. Entitled "BETTY:Inside Out", the show established the tongue-in-cheek personas of the band that follow them to present day: the ego of egomaniacal diva Amy, the id of shame-free rebel, Elizabeth and the superego of calm superhero, Alyson. The wild success of that sold-out run led to appearances at Howie Montaug's Danceteria and the ultra-hot clubs and lounges of the late 1980s' scene in New York City.

In 1989, the band relocated to NYC. The name of their first album, "Hello, BETTY!" comes from the standard opening for all their appearances. In 1995, the band expanded by adding Tony Salvatore on lead guitar and drums to the initial line-up of vocals with electronic accompaniment, bass and cello.

BETTY appeared in every episode of the 1989 HBO Series Encyclopedia, singing educational songs each centered on a particular word, as well as performing the opening and closing theme songs. The members involved were Alyson Palmer/Amy Ziff/Elizabeth Ziff, although they were credited in the show's opening titles as simply "BETTY".

In 2002 the group starred in its own off-Broadway show BETTY RULES directed by Rent's Michael Greif. The musical ran for 9 months at the Zipper Theatre. The show has since been performed in Chicago at the Lakeside Theatre and sold-out three runs at Theater J in Washington, DC. BETTY has appeared as a regular guest artist on the television show The L Word, for which they provided the theme song,

Activist entertainers, BETTY is as well known for their performances at rallies for causes in which they believe (including equality and rights for women and girls) as they are for their 7 T.V. theme songs, film appearances and commercial jingles. Although the band on television's 'Phineas and Ferb' bears an uncanny resemblance, Disney proclaims that is not the same BETTY.

The band's name has been trademarked since 1990 and is usually depicted in all capitals, similar to the band KISS.

Betty (disambiguation)

Betty or Bettie is a common diminutive for the feminine given names Elizabeth and Bethany.

Betty may also refer to:

Betty (comic strip)

Betty is a Canadian comic strip written by Gary Delainey and drawn by Gerry Rasmussen. The comic is distributed by United Features Syndicate.

Betty (film)

Betty is a French movie directed by Claude Chabrol based on the homonymous novel by Georges Simenon. It was first released in France in 1992.

Betty (singer)

Elizabeth Danielyan ( Armenian: Էլիզաբեթ Դանիելյան, born 7 March 2003), better known as simply Betty ( Armenian: Բեթթի), is an Armenian child singer. She represented Armenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Malta with her song " People of the Sun".

Besides her native Armenian, Betty also speaks Russian and a bit of English.

Betty (musical)

Betty is an Edwardian musical comedy in three acts, with a book by Frederick Lonsdale and Gladys Unger, music by Paul Rubens and Ernest Steffan, and lyrics by Adrian Ross and Rubens. It was first produced at the Prince's Theatre in Manchester, opening on December 24, 1914, then at Daly's Theatre in London, managed by George Edwardes, opening on April 24, 1915 and running for 391 performances. It also played at the Globe Theater in New York, opening on October 3, 1916. The show then enjoyed various tours and revivals. Gabrielle Ray joined the cast in 1915 as Estelle.

Betty (song)

"Betty" is a song by New Zealand recording artist, Brooke Fraser. Written by Fraser with Jon Foreman and Ben West, and produced by Fraser, the pop rock record centres on a girl who hides behind scars and birthmarks. The song was released on 6 December 2010 as the second single from Fraser's third studio album, Flags. "Betty" received generally positive reviews from critics, and has peaked at number thirty on the New Zealand Singles Chart. The accompanying music video takes place in a flower garden, and features lifelike paper birds.

Betty (Adventure Time)

"Betty" is the forty-eighth episode of the fifth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. It was written and storyboarded by Ako Castuera and Jesse Moynihan, from a story by Kent Osborne, Pendleton Ward, Jack Pendarvis, Adam Muto, and Moynihan. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on February 24, 2014. The episode guest-stars Lena Dunham as the eponymous character, Betty. The entry also saw the return of Miguel Ferrer, Steve Agee, Duncan Trussell, and Maurice LaMarche as various characters.

The series follows the adventures of Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio), a dog with magical powers to change shape and grow and shrink at will. In this episode, the Ice King reverts to Simon (both voiced by Tom Kenny) after being exposed to an anti-magic being named Bella Noche, and gets help from Finn, Jake, and Marceline in order to get Betty, his former fiancée, back. Once he succeeds in bringing her back, however, he begins to die, forcing Betty herself to defeat Belle Noche.

An episode centered on Betty had been promised by the crew at San Diego Comic-Con International in 2012. Due to the subject matter and length of the episode, several scenes had to be cut or trimmed for time, since so much was being placed in the episode. A review by Oliver Sava of The A.V. Club was complimentary towards the story, and Sava also applauded Dunham's voice-acting.

Usage examples of "betty".

Betty Barnard had not said anything as to her plans and no one had noticed her in Bexhill during the course of the evening.

The vague descriptions of men said to have been seen with Betty Barnard proved useless.

Betty ordered an Absolut on the rocks with a twist from the young, round-faced bartender, then she suggested that I join her.

Five minutes later, when he came out with the pony saddled and bridled, he found that Betty and Malcolm had gone.

Joe Mansell followed his host to this apartment, a severe room looking out onto the shrubbery at the side of the house, and remarked that having Betty and the children staying at the Cedars brought quite a lot of life into the place.

They laughed and joked, and when supper was over, the dishes washed, and the lamps lighted, they gathered in the old-fashioned parlor, and Betty played on a melodeon that gave forth rather doleful sounds.

Betty, as Mollie successfully made a turn into another highway, off the main one.

I told how Mollie, Betty, Amy and Grace, four girls of Deepdale, a town in the heart of New York State, organized a little club for camping and tramping.

Betty Nelson was the daughter of a wealthy carpet manufacturer, with a large plant near Deepdale, while Mollie Billette was one of three children, her mother being a widow.

True to her determination, Mollie insisted on Betty, Amy and Grace taking at least a few lessons.

Betty of Mollie one day, as they were returning from a short run, Betty at the wheel.

Betty and Mollie seemed interested, for they were born leaders, Betty especially.

Betty of Mollie, beside whom she rode on the front seat, the boys and other girls being in the tonneau.

I shopped all day, discovering a wide array of fashion boutiques: Amanda Wakeley and Betty Jackson on Fulham Road, Browns on South Molton Street, Caroline Charles on Beauchamp Place, Joseph on Old Bond Street, and Nicole Farhi on New Bond Street.

The Nancy and Betty Sherman of the story told there were Nancy and Betsy Penman, daughters of a United Empire Loyalist who came from the States at the close of the war of Independence.