beter

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch beter. The verb sense is a calque from English better.

Adjective[edit]

beter

  1. comparative form of goed

Verb[edit]

beter (present beter)

  1. had better (used as an auxiliary verb to mean should; must)
    Jy beter versigtig wees.
    You (had) better be careful.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch beter, from Old Dutch betiro, from Proto-Germanic *batizô, comparative of *gōdaz. Cognate with Low German beter, West Frisian better, English better, German besser, Danish bedre, Swedish bättre.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbeːtər/
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Adjective[edit]

beter

  1. Comparative form of goed; better.

Descendants[edit]

Verb[edit]

beter

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

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch betera, betiro, from Proto-Germanic *batizô, comparative of *gōdaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bēter

  1. better; comparative form of goet

Adverb[edit]

bēter

  1. better; comparative form of wel

Synonyms[edit]

Descendants[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

beter

  1. present tense of bete.

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish, from Persian بدتر (bad-tar).

Adjective[edit]

beter

  1. worse