beest

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English bist, see be +‎ -est. Compare German bist.

Verb[edit]

beest

  1. (chiefly subjunctive) (archaic) second-person singular simple present form of be
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest
      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, ‘Witchcraft by a picture’, Poems (1633):
      If thou, to be so seene, beest loath, / By Sunne, or Moone, thou darknest both […].

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French beste, like English beast (which see for more).

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Noun[edit]

beest n (plural beesten, diminutive beestje n)

  1. animal, beast
    Er zit een beestje in m'n soep.
    There is a bug in my soup.

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  • Beest has a somewhat negative connotation, whereas dier is neutral.

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