beastie

[bee-stee]
noun
1.
Chiefly Literary. a small animal, especially one toward which affection is felt.
2.
Facetious. an insect; bug.
3.
Canadian Slang (chiefly Alberta) . construction worker.

Origin:
1775–85; beast + -ie

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beastie (ˈbiːstɪ)
 
n
1.  (Scot) a small animal
2.  informal an insect

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Example sentences
Have a look at some amazing photos of this beastie here.
Way more likely that this beastie and friends were a bit more contemporary in age than the prevailing theories allow.
Where it gets weird is that this beastie then carefully arranged the bones of the deceased ichthyosaur on the ocean floor.
Shoving a winged beastie into an iron maiden and slamming it shut won't get old anytime soon.
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