Eely vs Beely - What's the difference?

eely | beely |

As adjectives the difference between eely and beely

is that eely is resembling an eel: long, thin and slippery while beely is of, relating to or pertaining to bees; apian.

As an adverb beely is

in a beely or beelike manner.

As a verb beely is





  • Resembling an eel: long, thin and slippery
  • * {{quote-book, year=1850, author=George Manville Fenn, title=Menhardoc, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=The great ugly sharky fish was hooked forward by Josh and placed in a great basket, where it lay writhing its eely tail, and flapping its wing-like fins as the boat slowly progressed, and bait after bait was replaced, many being untouched, the thornback, skate, or ray being the only fish taken. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1904, author=George Manville Fenn, title=The Ocean Cat's Paw, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=That was a great long eely thing; but Joe Cross here says this was more like a great turtle, with flippers and a long neck, and a head like a snake." }}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2004, date=August 13, author=Neil Tesser, title=Lou Donaldson Quartet with Dr. Lonnie Smith, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=Veteran alto saxist Lou Donaldson faces the audience with a raised eyebrow and a toothy grin, and his horn's high-pitched, eely timbre--which still has plenty of the grease that made him a soul-jazz hero in the 60s and 70s--complements his squeaky voice. }}



    Etymology 1

    From .


  • Of, relating to or pertaining to bees; apian.
  • * 1877 , Elizabeth Anna Hart, Silver wings and golden scales :
  • As for bees, we cannot accuse them of silence, as the peculiar buzzing-sound they make in flying, [...] and which is so very agreeable to our ears when its gentle monotony enlivens the calm of the warm summer air, is, we may hope, a cheerful accompaniment to all beely labours, and as pleasant to those who make it as our voices are to us, [...]
  • * 1950 , Gleanings in bee culture:
  • With their countenance' spaces Planned for beely enterprise [...]


  • In a beely or beelike manner.
  • * 1965 , Murray Hoyt, The world of bees :
  • His effort is to come as near 100 percent as is humanly (and beely ) possible.

    Etymology 2

    Variation of belie.


  • * 1813 , Matteo Bandello, Joseph Haslewood, Giovanni Boccaccio, Palace of pleasure :
  • And were it not that I haue a desire in nothing to beely the author, and lesse will to leaue that which he had wrytten vpon the miserable end [...]