Bee Idioms


A bee, pronounced , is an insect from the superfamily Apoidea with wings and hair that feeds on nectar and pollen.

They are related to ants and wasps.

Apiculture has been a part of human history for thousands of years.

The word bee comes from the Old English beo.

Several idioms exist with this word. In this article I’ll explain the six most common idioms with some examples, and I’ll also give you a list of a number of words that start with the word bee that are also related to our friendly, winged insect.

When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.

Idioms With the Word Bee

Bee’s knees: Means “the height of excellence”; used to refer to an admired thing or person. It is the epitome of something cool or awesome or fantastic. Take this example: That superconductor is the bee’s knees, it really is. Another example: Climbing this mountain has got to be the bee’s knees… there’s just nothing like it.


Put the bee on (an organization or someone): A kind of slang saying primarily used in the United States. To put the bee on someone is to pressure them for money or to defeat them. An example: I’m going to get hold of her and put the bee on her. This kind of sentence ultimately implies pressure, and this is how this idiom is normally used. Another example: Hilary put the bee on Trump supporters. Again, this implies a sort of pressure that is being put on someone or some kind of organization.

Bee in my bonnet: To have a bee in your bonnet is to be so obsessed with something that you can’t stop thinking about it. A simple example would be: He has a bee in his bonnet about healthcare. Another example would be: She has a been in her bonnet when it comes to cleaning the kitchen.

Queen bee: A queen bee is the one female in the hive that is responsible for creating more bees via reproduction. However, this expression is often used to refer to a woman who is in a position of dominance or control in her sphere of influence. Example: She’s got money so now she thinks she’s the queen bee. Another example: She’s the queen bee of our High School.

The birds and the bees: A softer way of referring to romance and sex. This is often used by parents who want to explain sex to their children but can’t quite find the words for it. By linking the act of sex with natural things (birds, bees) it becomes easier for parents to explain the whole process to their children. Birds lay eggs which is an euphemism of female ovulation; bees insert pollen into flowers, which is an euphemism of the male side of things. Example: your father asked me to tell you about the birds and the bees… so let me explain it to you.

Busy as a bee: To say that someone is busy as a bee is to say that he or she is very energetic and active, or simply hardworking. A simple example would be: It seems he’s as busy as a bee right now. Come back later. Another very simple example: She can’t be bothered right now; she’s busy as a bee and nothing is gonna distract her from doing her job.

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.

Words that start with Bee

Because bee is a word with only three letters, there are a lot of words that don’t have anything to do with bees that start with “bee”, such as beechdrop (a parasitic plant), beechier (related to beech trees), beechmast (related to beechnuts), beechnut (the nut from the beech tree), and so on.

I’m only going to talk here about the words that have something to do with bees. Here they are:

Beebread: This word is used to refer to the pollen or honey that is used as food by bees. Certain supplements use something called wild bee bread, which comes straight out of the comb and has enzymes made from fermented pollen.

Beehive: A hive for bees, and also a kind of woman’s hairstyle where, instead of letting the hair drop down as most women usually do, it extends upwards and is bound there in a conical shape. This style of hair is also known as B-52 because it somewhat resembles that airplane’s unique nose. Finally, a beehive can simple be used to refer to a very crowded place.

Beekeeper: The person who is in charge of beekeeping, or in other words, the caring of bees. They are also known as apiculturists or simply honey farmers.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Beeline: A simple straight line between two locations, or the fastest, most direct path between two locations. Beelining is the act of moving as quickly and as fast as possible towards a target location.

Beesting: The sting of a bee. People who are allergic to bees can suffer from something called anaphylaxis, which can be deadly.

Beewax: Wax produced by a certain specific kind of bee. Beewax is a tough kind of wax that is widely used by humans. Cosmetics use beewax and it was one of the very first types of plastics to be used in humanity’s history. It was also used to make bows.

Beeyard: The place where bees are kept. This word has become obsolete at this point and few people actually use it. Apiary is the word of choice nowadays.