Be'adle. n.s. [bẏꝺl, Sax. a messenger; bedeau, Fr. bedel, Sp. bedelle, Dutch.]
- A messenger or servitor belonging to a court. Cowel.
- A petty officer in parishes, whose business it is to punish petty offenders.
A dog's obey'd in office.
Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand:
Why dost thou lash that whore? Shakesp. King Lear.
They ought to be taken care of in this condition, either by the beadle or the magistrate. Spectator, № 130.
Their common loves, a lewd abandon'd pack,
The beadle's lash still flagrant on their back. Prior.