beth

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Bronze Age picture of a house by acrophony, ultimately Proto-Semitic *bayt- (house).

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Noun[edit]

beth (plural beths)

  1. The second letter of the Aramaic alphabet, 𐡁
  2. The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, ב
  3. The second letter of the Syriac alphabet, ܒ

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English bēoþ, present plural of bēon (to be), from Proto-Germanic *biunþi, third-person present plural of *beuną (to be, become).

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Verb[edit]

beth

  1. Plural present indicative form of been
Usage notes[edit]

The usual plural form of been is aren in the North, been in the Midlands, and beth in the South; sind also existed, especially early on, but was not the predominant form in any area.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English biþ, with the vowel of the infinitive leveled in.

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Verb[edit]

beth

  1. Alternative form of bith

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English bēoþ, plural imperative form of bēon, from Proto-Germanic *beuþ, second-person plural imperative form of *beuną,

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Verb[edit]

beth

  1. plural imperative of been

Old Irish[edit]

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Verb[edit]

·beth

  1. third-person singular past subjunctive of at·tá

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
beth beth
pronounced with /v(ʲ)-/
mbeth
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Welsh[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Originally pa beth (which thing) with the soft mutation of peth (thing) after pa (which), from Proto-Celtic *kʷezdis.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (standard) (colloquial) IPA(key): /beːθ/
    • (colloquial) IPA(key): /beː/, /bɛ/

Pronoun[edit]

beth

  1. what?

Etymology 2[edit]

See peth (thing).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

beth

  1. Soft mutation of peth.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
peth beth mheth pheth
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.