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From Middle English bivien, beofian, from Old English bifian, beofian (to tremble, be moved, shake, quake), from Proto-Germanic *bibōną, *bibjaną (to quake, shiver), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoyǝ- (to frighten, be afraid). Cognate with Dutch beven (to quake), German beben (to quake, tremble), Swedish bäva (to quake, tremble), Icelandic bifa (to budge, be moved), Latin foedus (disgusting, shocking, abominable, heinous). More at bever.


bive (third-person singular simple present bives, present participle biving, simple past and past participle bived)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To shake; tremble.