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Be'adle. n.s. [bẏꝺl, Sax. a messenger; bedeau, Fr. bedel, Sp. bedelle, Dutch.]

  1. A messenger or servitor belonging to a court. Cowel.

  2. 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.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Cowell, John (42) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215) · Spanish (12)

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