bewist

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English biwist, biwest, from Old English bīwist ‎(sustenance, food, provision, necessaries), equivalent to be- +‎ wist ‎(being), or by- +‎ wist ‎(being). More at be-, was.

Noun[edit]

bewist ‎(plural bewists)

  1. (Now chiefly Britain dialectal) Food; provision; victual; a living.
  2. (Now chiefly Britain dialectal) State or condition of life.
  3. (Now chiefly Britain dialectal) Abiding; dwelling; sojourn; living.
  4. (Now chiefly Britain dialectal) Dwelling-place; abode; habitation.