Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An attractive woman; a babe.
  • n. A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open; a jemmy.
  • n. A man who interferes with the duties of women in a household, or who occupies himself with womanish matters.
  • n. A pear-shaped bottle covered with straw, in which olive oil is sometimes brought from Italy; a Florence flask.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A pear-shaped bottle covered round with straw, in which olive oil is sometimes brought from Italy; -- called by chemists a Florence flask.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who interferes with the domestic duties of women, or engages in female occupations. Also called cot-betty.
  • n. A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open. Also called a bess, a jenny, and now a jimmy or jemmy.
  • n. A pear-shaped bottle, covered with maize-leaves or the like, in which olive-oil is exported from Italy; a Florence flask.

Etymologies

From Betty ("nickname for "Elizabeth""). (Wiktionary)

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  • Betty-
    1. n.
    some fake drugs; a bad drug buy. : John's supplier slipped him some betty.

    2. n.
    a good-looking girl or woman. (Usually Betty.) : Who's your new Betty, Bob?

    Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
    Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw Hill.

    April 29, 2010

  • “A baked pudding made of layers of spiced and sugared fruit and buttered bread crumbs.”

    Ochef.com, Cobbler, Crisp, Crumble, Grunt, Slump—You Get the Picture

    April 6, 2010

  • Black Betty, 1977, Ram Jam (also covered by Tom Jones)

    February 9, 2008