Betty
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. [Written also {bettee}.] [1913 Webster]

The powerful betty, or the artful picklock. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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.] --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]


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