been

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ybeen, from Old English ġebēon, past participle of bēon (to be), equivalent to be +‎ -en.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (obsolete): ybe (see y-).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

been

  1. past participle of be
  2. (obsolete) plural simple present of be
    Assembled been a senate grave and stout. — Fairfax.
    • 1584, George Peele, The Arraignment of Paris, I, ii
      My love is fair, my love is gay,
      As fresh as been the flowers in May;
    • c. 1608, William Shakespeare, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, II
      Where when men been, there's seldom ease;
    • 1641, Ben Jonson, The Sad Shepherd, I, iii
      O Friar, those are faults that are not seen,
      Ours open, and of worse example been.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English been, from Old English bēon (bees), nominative and accusative plural of bēo (bee). More at bee.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

been

  1. (Britain dialectal) plural of bee

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Vaux, Bert and Scott Golder. 2003. The Harvard Dialect Survey: been. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Linguistics Department.

Anagrams[edit]


Afrikaans[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch been.

Noun[edit]

been (plural bene)

  1. leg
  2. bone

Derived terms[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch bêen, from Old Dutch bēn, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

been n (plural benen, diminutive beentje n)

  1. leg, limb of a person, horse (other animals' would have poten) and certain objects (again many have poten)
    De benen van een passer.The legs of a pair of compasses.
  2. (mathematics) side, leg
    De benen van een hoek.The sides of an angle.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The contemporary plural benen is derived from an analogy to other nouns with regular plurals. Originally, been was left unchanged in the plural; such use in preserved only in set phrases like op de been (upright, standing, awake).

Noun[edit]

been n (plural beenderen or benen, diminutive beentje n)

  1. bone, constituent part of a skeleton.
  2. (uncountable) bone, the chalky material bones are made of

Synonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

been

  1. first-person singular present indicative of benen
  2. imperative of benen

Anagrams[edit]


Dutch Low Saxon[edit]

Noun[edit]

been

  1. leg

See also[edit]

  • German Low German: Been

Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

been

  1. Genitive singular form of bee.
  2. Accusative singular form of bee.

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch bēn, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Noun[edit]

bêen n

  1. leg
  2. foot
  3. bone

Inflection[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative forms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • been”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • been”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a conflation of Old English bēon and wesan, from Proto-Germanic *beuną and *wesaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewHeti and a conflation of *h₂wéseti and *h₁ésti.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

been

  1. to be
    • 1382 John Wycliffe, translation of the Bible (John 1:48)
      Bifor that Filip clepide thee, whanne thou were vndur the fige tree, Y saiy thee.
    • 1407, The Testimony of William Thorpe, pages 40–41
      ...Filip of Repintoun whilis he was a chanoun of Leycetre, Nycol Herforde, dane Geffrey of Pikeringe, monke of Biland and a maistir dyuynyte, and Ioon Purueye, and manye other whiche weren holden rightwise men and prudent...

Conjugation[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: to be
  • Scots: be

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ybeen, from Old English ġebēon, past participle of bēon (to be).

Verb[edit]

been

  1. past participle of be