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9.
Slang from the 1920s. Possibly a corruption of the word business. Another possibility is that it is derived from the expression, "be all end all" a.k.a. "B's and E's" which when said would sound like, "Bees-an-ees". Simply defined as the best, latest, and greatest. (Synonymous with other 1920s slang: The cat's pajamas and the cat's meow. A more current version would be The shit.).
"Johnny got a new car. It's the bees knees.", "Roger is so handsome. He is just the bees knees."
by CeeCee72 July 01, 2010
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1.
A old term that means cool.
Thats the Bee's Knees
by SlangMonkey February 23, 2004
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2.
When bees flit from flower to flower the nectar sticks to their legs. The phrase "bee's knees" means sweet and good, because the knees of the bee are where all the sweet, good stuff is collected.
That definition about moving around really fast is wrong.
You bought me a coffee? You're the bee's knees!
by elisa August 21, 2004
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3.
Very good, the best
The pants you are wearing are the bee's knees.
by Professor Frink January 04, 2003
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4.
(adj.) Good, the best, high quality.


A deliberate mispronounciation of business
These new threads are the bee knee's.
by Gumba Gumba August 03, 2004
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5.
Peachy, very nice, the berries, excellent, fine, beautiful, very good.
That jazz band is the bees knees
by Bob Proczko October 16, 2006
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6.
Bee's knees means the best, as bees carry pollen in little baskets located on its midsegments of their legs.

In Cockney rhyming slang it is said to mean "business"
A: "How did your exams go?"
B: "I'm the bee's knees"
by holladiewaldfee February 23, 2006
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the origin of "bee's knees". It is a slang homophone for "business" started around the Roaring '20s. Saying something was the business meant it was the real deal and of high quality. See business definition #4, #9, #12, etc.: "top quality. a perfect 10. met to standard."
Dude, that kickflip you just did was bee's knees.
Dude, that kickflip you just did was business.
same deal.
by the real "Somebody Else" July 18, 2011
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