From Old English bist, see be + -est. Compare German bist. Compare also the Modern English subjunctive phrase, "It is important that I/you/he/she/it/we/they be there". The -(e)st ending was not normally used on the subjunctive in Early Modern English, however writers such as Shakespeare and his contemporaries added it within their writings nonetheless.
- (archaic) subjunctive (archaic) second-person singular simple present form of
- Beest has a somewhat negative connotation, whereas dier is neutral.