bein

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English been, beene, bene (gracious, generous, pleasant), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Old Norse beinn (straight, right, favourable, advantageous, convenient, friendly, fair, keen), from Proto-Germanic *bainaz (straight), from Proto-Indo-European *bhei- (to hit, beat). Cognate with Scots bein, bien (in good condition, pleasant, well-to-do, cosy, well-stocked, pleasant, keen), Icelandic beinn (straight, direct, hospitable), Norwegian bein (straight, direct, easy to deal with). See also bain.

Adjective[edit]

bein (comparative more bein, superlative most bein)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) Wealthy; well-to-do.
    a bein farmer
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal) Well provided; comfortable; cosy.

Derived terms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

bein (comparative more bein, superlative most bein)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) Comfortably.

Verb[edit]

bein (third-person singular simple present beins, present participle beining, simple past and past participle beined)

  1. (transitive, Scotland) To render or make comfortable; dry.

Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse bein, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bein n (genitive singular beins, plural bein)

  1. leg
  2. bone

Declension[edit]

n3 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative bein beinið bein beinini
Accusative bein beinið bein beinini
Dative beini beininum beinum beinunum
Genitive beins beinsins beina beinanna

Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse bein, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bein n (genitive singular beins, nominative plural bein)

  1. a bone
    Hundurinn borðaði bein.
    The dog ate a bone.

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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse bein, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • ben (Bokmål)

Noun[edit]

bein n

  1. leg, bone

Inflection[edit]


Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bainą. Compare Old English bān, Old Saxon and Old Frisian bēn, Old High German bein.

Noun[edit]

bein n (genitive beins, plural bein)

  1. leg
  2. bone

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Romansch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin bene.

Adverb[edit]

bein

  1. (Sursilvan) well
  2. (Sursilvan) beautifully
  3. (Sursilvan) yes (used to disagree with a negative statement)
Alternative forms[edit]
  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Puter, Vallader) bain
  • (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) bagn

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

bein m (plural beins)

  1. (Sursilvan) farm
Alternative forms[edit]
  • (Puter, Vallader) bain
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Scots[edit]

Verb[edit]

bein

  1. Present participle of be.