- A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open. Alt. spell.: bettee "The powerful betty, or the artful picklock." [Arbuthnot.]
Etymology: Supposed to be a cant word, from Betty, for Elizabeth, as such an instrument is also called Bessi. e., Elizabeth) in the Canting Dictionary of 1725, and Jennyi. e., Jane)
- 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.
Etymology: Betty, nickname for Elizabeth
- 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)