beest

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English bist; equivalent to be +‎ -est. Compare German bist.

Verb[edit]

beest

  1. (archaic) second-person singular present subjunctive of be
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II, Scene ii[1]:
      Stephano! if thou beest Stephano, touch me, and speake to me: for I am Trinculo; be not afeard, thy good friend Trinculo.
    • a. 1631, John Donne, ‘The Baite’, Poems (1633):
      If thou, to be so seene, beest loath, / By Sunne, or Moone, thou darknest both […].

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch beeste, from beste, from Old French beste, like English beast (which see for more).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /beːst/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: beest
  • Rhymes: -eːst

Noun[edit]

beest n (plural beesten, diminutive beestje n)

  1. An animal, a beast.
    Er zit een beestje in m'n soep.
    There is a bug in my soup.
  2. An animal kept as livestock, a head.
  3. (figuratively) A cruel, wild, uncivilised, uninhibited or brutal person.
    De folteraars van de grenspolitie waren sadistische beesten.
    The torturers of the border police were sadistic beasts.
    Ze is een beest.
    She's a beast in bed.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Beest has a somewhat negative (or at least savage) connotation, whereas dier is neutral.
  • In compounds, beest can have the meaning “someone who enjoys an activity”; compare English animal in party animal and also beast.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: bees
  • Papiamentu: bichi

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

beest

  1. Alternative form of beeste

West Frisian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

beest n (plural beesten, diminutive beestje or beestke)

  1. Alternative form of bist