) KEY NOUN:
IDIOM: a bee in (one's) bonnet
- Any of several winged, hairy-bodied, usually stinging insects of the superfamily Apoidea in the order Hymenoptera, including both solitary and social species and characterized by sucking and chewing mouthparts for gathering nectar and pollen.
- A bumblebee.
- A honeybee.
- A social gathering where people combine work, competition, and amusement: a quilting bee.
- An impulsive, often eccentric turn of mind; a notion.
- An obsession.
Middle English, from Old English bo
; see bhei-
in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, perhaps alteration of dialectal bean
, voluntary help given to a farmer by his neighbors
from Middle English bene
, extra service by a tenant to his lord
, from Old English bn
; see bh-2
in Indo-European roots