behoof

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Etymology[edit]

Old English behōf, from Proto-Germanic *bihōfą, from *bihafaną (to get, receive). Akin to Dutch behoef, German Behuf (necessity), Danish behov (requirement) (from Middle Low German)[1]. Related to have, and heave.

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behoof (plural behoofs)

  1. (archaic) Advantage or benefit.
    • 1919, Saki, ‘The Penance’, The Toys of Peace, Penguin 2000 (Complete Short Stories), p. 423:
      They had parents in India – that much Octavian had learned in the neighbourhood; the children, beyond grouping themselves garmentwise into sexes, a girl and two boys, carried their life-story no further on his behoof.

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  1. ^ Etymology in the ODS: "jf. ty. Behuf, eng. behoof"