beest

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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beest

  1. (archaic) subjunctive (archaic) second-person singular simple present form of be
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest
      Stephano!—If thou beest Stephano, touch me, and speak to me; for I am Trinculo:—be not afeared—thy good friend Trinculo.

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Noun[edit]

beest n (plural beesten, diminutive beestje n)

  1. animal, beast
    Er zit een beestje in m'n soep.
    There is a bug in my soup.

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  • Beest has a somewhat negative connotation, whereas dier is neutral.

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