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beeler

beeler n2 Also sp bealer [Varr of peeler n2 1] ceWI

An attractively wild or mischievous person, esp a child; a cute child or other creature.
1992 Dorner Winter Roads 34 ceWI, I liked to feed ’em [=cats], ’specially the little ones. When I cleaned the milk strainer, I’d just pour the leavin’s in a pan. But those little beelers ate the strainer pads too. 1999 DARE File Green Bay WI, Bealers . . active, mischievous children. “They are little bealers.” 2005 Ibid Green Bay WI, I grew up hearing the term “beeler” (or as some would spell it, “bealer”). . . [I]t is an affectionate term for someone who gets into mischief. It is used in two ways that I know of, always meaning the same thing: “She is quite a bealer[.]” “There’s a lot of bealer in him[.]” When I moved away from Green Bay to go to school in Madison, I discovered that people didn’t know what a beeler was. . . I’ve since moved to Milwaukee and discovered the same situation. . . I have found that it appears to be most strongly connected with my grandparents’ generation (age 80s)—“Oh yes, my grandma used to call us kids beelers when we were getting into mischief”—and with my parents’ generation (age 50s), but that my generation is also quite familiar with the term (age 30s). 2012 DARE File—Internet ceWI, [Caption to photo of young boy:] The youngest member of the iron snow shoe club. . . [Resp:] [T]hat’s so awesome! What a bealer. Ibid Green Bay WI, Meet baby Clayton. . . Of course, Granmuddah has to have her turn too . . just one more little bealer to add to my collection, huh? 2014 Ibid Green Bay WI, One of the birdies hatched! Aww . . look at ’em. What a little bealer.
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