Dictionary: BEH – BEK

• BEHACK
vb. 1565 obs. – to hack about  
 
• BEHAD
vb. 1768 Sc. – to stop, to wait; to hold, to maintain, to hold as certain
 
• BEHADDEN
adj. 1. 1768 Sc. – held back, kept back
adj. 2. 1816 Sc. & Eng. dial. – under personal obligation; indebted; obliged
 
• BEHALE
vb. 1574 obs. – to drag about  
 
• BE HALF-PAST FIVE WITH ANYTHING
vb. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – to be all up with anything, to be ‘finished’ or ‘done for’
 
• BEHANG
vb. c897 obs. – to hang a thing about with bells, hangings, drapery etc.  
 
• BEHANGED
adj. c1200 obs. – hung about, draped, hung  
 
• BEHAP
vb. c1450 obs. – to befall, to happen
 
• BEHAPPEN
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – perhaps, possibly
vb. 1515 obs. – to befall, to happen  
 
• BE HARD BESTED
vb. c1330 – to be hard put to it, to be hard pressed
 
• BEHATE
vb. c1340 obs. – to hold in hatred, to hate greatly, to detest  
 
• BEHAVE
n. 1615 obs. – behaviour  
 
• BEHAVIOR REPORT;  BEHAVIOUR REPORT
n. 1945 US sl. – a letter home from a military recruit to his girlfriend
 
• BEHAVIOURED
adj. 1589 obs. – conducted, mannered, behaved  
 
• BEHAVISHNESS
n. 1928 Amer. dial. – bad behaviour
 
• BEHEADAL
n. 1859 – beheading, execution by decapitation
 
• BE HEARD UPON THE MIDDEN-HEAD
vb. 1768 Sc. – to quarrel openly
 
• BE HEART AND HAND FOR A THING 
vb. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to be eagerly bent on accomplishing or obtaining a thing  
 
• BE HEATED UP IN THE BOWELS 
vb. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to be costive   
 
• BEHEEMED
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – sickly, feeble
 
• BEHEETER
n. 1382 obs. – a promiser  
 
• BEHEIGH
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – above
 
• BEHELE
vb. c1000 obs. – to conceal, to cover, to envelop  
 
• BEHEMA 
n. 1. Bk1982 Jewish – a fool
n. 2. Bk1982 Jewish – an uncouth person
 
• BEHEMOTH 
n. Bk2014 – a huge or monstrous person
 
• BEHEST
n. a1200 obs. – a vow, a promise  
vb. c1175 obs. – to vow, to promise  
 
• BEHESTING
n. 1583 obs. rare – bidding, command
 
• BEHETE
n. c1460 obs. – a promise, a vow  
 
• BEHETER
n. 1382 obs. – a promiser  
 
• BEHETING
n. 1303 obs. – promise, promising  
 
• BEHEW
vb. c1314 obs. – to hew about, to carve
 
• BEHIDE
vb. c1000 obs. – to hide away, to conceal
 
• BEHIE
vb. c1340 obs. – to make haste
 
• BE HIGH IN THE INSTEP
vb. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to be proud and haughty
 
• BEHIGHT
adj. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – named, designated
n. c1400 obs. – a promise
vb. 1. a1000 obs. – to vow, to promise
vb. 2. c1386 obs. – to assure one of the truth of a statement; to warrant
vb. 3. c1420 obs. – to encourage expectation, to hold out hope of life, recovery, etc.
 
• BEHIGHTED
adj. 1571 obs. – promised
 
• BEHIGHTER
n. c1400 obs. rare – a promiser
 
• BEHIND
adj. 1. 1950s Amer. sl. –   under the influence of
adj. 2. 1961 US sl. – imprisoned  
adj. 3. 1968 US sl. – committed, dedicated
n. 1968 US sl. – the buttocks
prep. 1. 1957 US sl. – as a result of
prep. 2. 1967 US sl. – of a drug: under the influence of
 
• BEHIND AND BEYOND
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – far away; in the distance
 
• BEHIND BARS
phr. 1951 sl. – in prison
 
• BEHINDEST
adj. 1958 Amer. dial. – late
n. 1952 Amer. dial. – the one behind
 
• BEHIND GOD SPEED
adv. Bk1898 N. Ireland – at an out-of-the-way place, very far away
 
• BEHIND HAND
adv. Bk1905 Sc. – in secret, in an underhand way
 
• BEHIND-KICKING
n. 1937 Amer. sl. – a beating
 
• BEHINDMENTS
n. 1886 Amer. – outstanding liabilities, arrears, a deficit
 
• BEHINDS
adv. 1382 obs. – behind  
n. Bk1911 Sc. – the posteriors
 
• BEHIND-SIGHT
n. 1884 – backward view, retrospection
 
• BEHIND-THE-BEHIND
n. 1967 US sl. – anal sex
 
• BEHIND THE BRIDGE
adv. 1992 Trinidad and Tobago – in any ghetto or slum

• BEHIND THE CORK
adj. Bk1975 US sl. – drunk
 
• BEHIND THE DOOR
adv. 1996 UK sl. – locked in a prison cell
 
• BEHIND THE DOOR WHEN BRAINS WERE GIVEN OUT
adj. 1969 Aust. sl. – stupid
 
• BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL 
adj. 1. Bk2006 US sl. – broke, penniless
adj. 2. Bk2006 US sl. – in trouble; in a weak or losing position
 
• BEHIND THE GRIND 
phr. Bk1947 Amer. sl. – behind in one’s studies
 
• BEHIND THE LIGHTER
adj. 1891 Amer. dial. – tardy, late, behind, laggardly
 
• BEHIND THE LOG
adj. 1971 US sl. – of a betting style in poker: conservative, even when winning
 
• BEHIND THE SCENES
adj. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – dead
 
• BEHIND THE SINK
adj. 1974 US sl. – depleted of funds
 
• BEHIND THE STICK
phr. Bk1998 sl. – to tend bar
 
• BEHINDWARD
adv. c1440 obs. – in the direction that is behind
 
• BEHIND WITH THE RENT
adj. 2000 UK sl. – homosexual
 
• BEHINT
adj. Bk1911 Sc. – of a clock or watch: slow
adv. Bk1911 Sc. – late; too late; in arrears of work, payment, or fulfilment
prep. 1785 Sc. & Eng. dial. – behind
 
• BEHINTEN
n. 1950 Amer. dial. – the buttocks
prep. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – behind
 
• BEHITHER
adv. 1650 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – on this side, on the nearer side
prep. 1. 1521 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – on this side of
prep. 2. 1633 obs. – short of, barring, save  
 
• BE HIT WITH THE STUPID STICK
vb. 1970s African-American sl. – to be stupid
 
• BEHO
n. Bk1911 Sc. – a laughingstock
 
• BEHOD
vb. Bk1898 Sc. & Eng. dial. – to hold, to maintain, to hold as certain
 
• BEHOLD
vb. 1. c825 obs. – to consider; to give attention or regard  
vb. 2. 971 obs. – to hold in regard, to observe commands, appointed days, etc.
vb. 3. a1000 obs. – to hold by, to keep hold of, to retain
vb. 4. c1175 obs. – to look
vb. 5. c1175 obs. – to pertain, relate or belong to; to concern
vb. 6. c1200 obs. – to hold or contain by way of purport or signification; to signify, to mean
vb. 7. a1670 obs. – to ‘hold,’ to stop, to wait
vb. 8. a1670 obs. – to permit
 
• BEHOLDABLE
adj. c1449 obs. – that admits of being contemplated
 
• BEHOLDEN
adj. 1. a1520 obs. – regarded, considered
adj. 2. 1530 – under obligation on account of favours received; beholden, indebted to
 
• BEHOLDER 
n. c1374 – one who beholds, a watcher, a looker on, a spectator
 
• BEHOLDING
adj. 1483 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – under obligation, obliged, indebted, beholden; later, dependent
n. 1. c1440 obs. – the thing beheld; an image, a spectre; a vision
n. 2. a1520 obs. – mental contemplation; consideration
 
• BEHOLDINGNESS
n. 1580 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – the condition of being beholden to anyone; obligation, indebtedness; later, dependence
 
• BEHOODLE
vb. 1967 Amer. dial. – to annoy, to harass, to bother
 
• BEHOOVE
vb. 1. c890 obs. – to have use for or need of; to require; to be in want of
vb. 2. 1154 obs. – to be physically of use, needful, or necessary to
vb. 3. 1496 obs. – to owe
vb. 4. Bk1911 Sc. – to be obliged
 
• BEHOOVEFUL
adj. 1382 arch. – useful, of use; advantageous, expedient; needful, necessary, due
 
• BEHOPE
vb. 1882 Eng. dial. – to hope
 
• BEHOPES
n. Bk1898 N. Ireland & Eng. dial. – hope, expectation
 
• BEHOTE
n. c1000 obs. – a promise
 
• BEHOTEN
adj. c1200 obs. – promised
 
• BEHOTING
n. c1300 obs. – promising, promise
 
• BEHOUNCED
adj. 1691 Eng. dial. – tricked up, smartened, finely dressed
 
• BEHOVABLE
adj. c1460 obs. – useful, profitable, advantageous
 
• BEHOVABLY
adv. 1512 obs. – usefully, profitably, advantageously, advisably
 
• BEHOVE
vb. 1. c890 obs. – to have use for or need of; to require; to be in want of
vb. 2. 1154 obs. – to be physically of use, needful, or necessary to
vb. 3. 1496 obs. – to owe
vb. 4. 1815 Sc. – to be obliged
vb. 5. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to be fitting, proper, required
 
• BEHOVEFUL
adj. 1382 arch. – advantageous, useful, profitable; needful, necessary, due
 
• BEHOVEFULLY
adv. 1443 obs. – usefully, profitably, duly; necessarily
 
• BEHOVEFULNESS
n. 1592 obs. – usefulness, use
 
• BEHOVELY
adj. c950 obs. – useful, profitable; needful, necessary
adv. c1430 obs. – usefully, needfully, necessarily
 
• BEHOVEN
adj. 1880 – under obligation, beholden
 
• BEHOVESOME
adj. c1330 obs. – useful, of service
 
• BEHOVING
adj. c1175 obs. – useful, needful, appropriate
 
• BEHOVINGLY
adv. 1556 obs. – usefully, appropriately
 
• BEHUSBAND
vb. 1640 obs. – to economize to the full  
 
• BEIGE
adj. 1982 US sl. – bland, boring
n. 1945 US sl. – a light-skinned Black person
vb. 1989 US drug culture sl. – to chemically darken cocaine to give it the appearance of a purity that it does not possess
 
• BEIGE FRAME
n. 1953 US sl. – a light-skinned Black woman
 
• BEIGH
vb. Bk1911 Sc. – to cough
 
• BEIGNE
n. 1941 Amer. dial. – a fritter or doughnut
 
• BEIGNET
n. 1835 Amer. dial. – a fritter or doughnut
 
• BEIJO
n. 1924 Amer. dial. – a cradle
 
• BEIK 
n. 1825 Sc. – a person
 
• BEIL
vb. 1. Bk1911 Sc. – to fester
vb. 2. Bk1911 Sc. – to give pain or trouble to
 
• BEILD
n. 1. 1768 Sc. – one who acts as a guardian or protector  
n. 2. Bk1911 Sc. – a shelter
n. 3. Bk1911 Sc. – an image
 
• BEILDER 
n. Bk1873 Eng. dial. – a builder
 
• BEILDLESS
adj. Bk1911 Sc. – unsheltered
 
• BE ILL PAID 
vb. 1825 Sc. – to be sorry  
 
• BE ILL TAKEN
vb. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – to be anxious, disturbed or mentally upset
 
• BE IMPROPERLY INTIMATE WITH
vb. Bk1896 colloq. – to copulate outside marriage
 
• BEIN
adj. 1. a1200 obs. – pleasant, genial, kindly
adj. 2. 1533 Sc. – comfortable, comfortably furnished
adj. 3. a1548 Sc. – of persons: comfortable, well-to-do, well off
adv. c1400 obs. exc. Sc. obs. – pleasantly, genially, kindly
vb. c1450 obs. – to furnish bounteously, to fill
 
• BE IN A BOX 
vb. a1555 – to be in a fix, to be in a difficult or embarrassing situation; to be in a dilemma
 
• BE IN ABRAHAM’S BOSOM
vb. 19C sl. – to have sexual intercourse
 
• BE IN A FAIRFLE
vb. Bk1900 Sc. – to have an eruption of the skin, to itch
 
• BE IN A FLAP
vb. World War II Amer. sl. – to get all excited about nothing
 
• BE IN A FLYMY-MESS
vb. B1900 military sl. – to be hungry and have nothing to eat
 
• BE IN A HANK
vb. B1900 Eng. dial. – to be in a state of perplexity or trouble

• BE IN A LOW KEY
vb. 1886 Eng. dial. rare – to be in a state of despondence, or depression
  
• BE IN AN INTERESTING CONDITION
vb. 1748 sl. – to be with child
 
• BE IN AN INTERESTING SITUATION
vb. 1748 sl. – to be with child
 
• BE IN ANYONE’S BEARD
vb. c1450 obs. – to oppose him openly and resolutely
 
• BE IN A PEAL 
vb. 1883 Eng. dial. – to be in a temper

BE IN A PERSON’S BEARD
vb. a1250 obs. – to oppose a person openly or resolutely
 
• BE IN ARMOUR
vb. L17 sl. – to be pot-valiant (bold or courageous under the influence of alcohol)
 
• BE IN ARSEHOLE STREET
vb. c1950 sl. – to be in serious trouble

• BE IN A STATE OF ‘NO THOROUGHFARE’
phr. Bk1893 sl. – the ‘menstrual flux is on’
 
• BE INCONSISTENT
vb. 1875 Eng. dial. – to have a child before marriage
 
• BE IN DEEP SHIT 
vb. 1969 sl. – to be in trouble or difficulty
 
• BE IN FUNDS
vb. 19C colloq. – to have plenty of money
 
• BEING
n. 1. 1579 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – livelihood, living, subsistence, existence, maintenance 
n. 2. 1624 obs. – occurrence, happening
n. 3. 1839 Sc. & Eng. dial. – a home, a dwelling-place, a lodging
n. 4. Bk1898 N. Ireland – a wretched or unfortunate person
 
• BEINGNESS
n. 1662 obs. – the quality of existing, actuality
 
• BE IN GREAT UMBRAGE
vb. 1647 obs. – to be in disfavour
 
• BE IN HOG HEAVEN 
vb. Bk1995 US sl. – to be in euphoria
 
• BE IN LEADING-STRINGS
vb. 1. 1677 – to be still a child
vb. 2. 1779 – to be in a state of dependence or pupilage

• BE IN LOW COTTON
vb. 1941 Amer. dial. – to feel ill; to be in a state of malaise or depression

BE IN LUMBER
vb. 1819 sl. – to be imprisoned; also, to be in trouble
 
• BEINLY
adv. c1450 Sc. – pleasantly, comfortably, cosily
 
• BE IN MUCK-SWEAT
vb. 20C Brit. sl. – to be flurried or flustered
 
• BEINNESS
n. 1874 Sc. – comfort, well-to-do condition
 
• BE IN NIGGER-HEAVEN
vb. 1906 Amer. dial., derogatory – to enjoy one’s self cheaply and vulgarly

• BE IN ONE’S BLACK BOOKS
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to be in disfavour or disgrace
 
• BE IN ON THE ACT
vb. 1947 US sl. – to be involved in another’s activity
 
• BE IN PRETTY TANGS
vb. 1878 Eng. dial. – to be in a fine mess
 
• BE IN TALL COTTON
vb. 1941 Amer. dial. – to be prosperous, to do well, to be in a good situation; to have good luck; to be in good spirits
 
• BE IN THE DOG-HOUSE
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to be locked out for the night upon arriving home late

BE IN THE MITHERS
vb. Bk1847 Eng. dial. – to be quite intoxicated
 
• BE IN THE SAME BOX 
vb. 1865 – to be in a similar predicament
 
• BE IN THE SHIT
vb. 20C sl. – to be in trouble or a difficult or unpleasant situation
 
• BE IN THE SHORT ROWS
vb. 1894 Amer. dial. – to be near the end or the climax of something
 
• BE IN THE WRONG BOX
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to be wrong, to be mistaken  
 
• BE IN THE WRONG PEW
vb. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – to be wrong, to be mistaken  
 
• BE INTO A MAN
vb. Bk1896 sl. – to pitch into him; to fight him
 
• BE INTO A WOMAN
vb. Bk1896  sl. – to possess a woman carnally
 
• BE IN TOW STREET 
vb. 1841 sl. – to be deluded or helplessly led by the nose; to be decoyed, to be persuaded
 
• BE INWARDLY GIVEN
vb. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to be pious, spiritual
 
• BEIRD 
n. 1. 1825 Sc. – a bard, a minstrel
n. 2. 1825 Sc. – a lady, a damsel
 
• BEISANCE
n. 1556 obs. – obeisance; deferential respect  
 
• BEISUM
adj. a1225 obs. – pliable, flexible, docile  
 
• BEITCH 
n. 1988 African-American & teen sl. – a male or a female, a friend or an enemy
 
• BEJABBER
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to fade by keeping in the hands
 
• BEJABBERS!;  BEJABERS!
int. 1890 chiefly Anglo-Irish – an exclamation of surprise or astonishment
 
• BEJADE
vb. 1. 1620 obs. – to weary, tire out  
vb. 2. 1705 obs. – to make a jade of  
 
• BE JAKE-EASY
vb. 1888 Sc. – to be indifferent, not caring one way or the other
 
• BE JAMMED
vb. 1811 sl. – to meet with a violent death, by accident, murder, or hanging
 
• BEJAN
n. 1642 – a freshman at the Scotch universities, where the term was adopted from the University of Paris
 
• BEJANELLA 
n. 1894 Sc. – a first-year lady student at Aberdeen University
 
• BEJANTINA 
n. 1912 Sc. – a first-year woman student in Arts at St. Andrews University
 
• BEJANTINE 
n. 1934 Sc. – a first-year woman student in Arts at St. Andrews University
 
• BE JAPANNED
vb. 1. 1756 sl. – to take orders
vb. 2. 1859 Amer. thieves’ sl. – to be converted
 
• BEJAPE
vb. 1377 obs. – to play a trick on; to trick or befool  
 
• BEJASUS!
int. 1908 – an exclamation of surprise or astonishment
 
• BEJAUNE 
n. 1708 Sc. – a first-year student at a Scottish university; no only used in Aberdeen and St. Andrews
 
• BEJAUNT 
n. 1708 Sc. – a first-year student at a Scottish university; no only used in Aberdeen and St. Andrews
 
• BEJEANT 
n. 1642 – a freshman at the Scotch universities, where the term was adopted from the University of Paris
 
• BE JECK-EASY
vb. 1888 Sc. – to be indifferent, not caring one way or the other
 
• BEJEER 
n. Bk2006 US sl. – an act of fellatio
 
• BE JERRY TO
vb. 1908 US sl. – to understand or realize the meaning of something
 
• BEJESUS!
int. 1908 chiefly Anglo-Irish – an exclamation of surprise or astonishment
 
• BE JIBBED
vb. Bk1896 sl. – to be called over the coals; to get into trouble; to be reprimanded
 
• BEJIMINY!
int. 1946 US sl. – used as a mild expletive
 
• BEJINGOED
adj. 1790 Eng. dial. obs. – crazy, out of one’s senses
 
• BE JOHN AT NIGHT AND JACK IN THE MORNING
vb. 1883 Eng. dial. – to boast of one’s intentions overnight and leave them unfulfilled next day
 
• BE JOHN TAMSON’S MAN
vb. 1880 Sc. – to be of one stock or family
 
• BEJONKERS
n. 1988 Aust. sl. – the female breasts
 
• BEJUGGLE
vb. 1. 1680 – to get over by jugglery, to cheat
vb. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to bewitch
 
• BEKAY
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the jowl or lower jaw of a pig
 
• BEKE
n. Bk1982 – among French Creoles: a White settler
vb. Bk1911 Sc. – to warm; to bask
 
• BE KEEN OF 
vb. 1788 Sc. – to be eager to, to be fond of, to be have a liking for
 
• BEKEN
vb. 1. a1300 obs. – to make known; to declare, to show
vb. 2. a1300 obs. – to deliver
vb. 3. c1350 obs. – to commend or commit to the care of
 
• BEKEND
adj. 1513 Sc. obs. – known
 
• BEKENNING
n. c1380 obs. – knowledge, acquaintance
 
• BE KEPT TO ONE’S CAKE AND MILK
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to be kept within bounds, at a task, work, etc.
 
• BE KICKED TO DEATH BY CRIPPLES
phr. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – used as an expression of supreme contempt, as in ‘you ought to be kicked to death by cripples’
 
• BEKNOW
vb. 1. c1300 obs. – to become acquainted with; to recognize
vb. 2. c1325 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – to admit one’s knowledge of; to acknowledge, to confess; to know, to understand
 
• BEKNOWING
n. 1340 obs. – knowledge
 
• BEKNOWLEDGE
vb. 1340 obs. – to acknowledge
 
• BEKNOWLEDGING
n. 1340 obs. – acknowledgement, confession
 
• BEKNOWN
adj. 1429 arch. – known, acquainted, familiar
 
• BEKNOWNST
adj. 1863 Eng. dial. – known
 
• BEKOKIN
adj. 1857 Eng. dial. – recommending


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