behabban

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Equivalent to be- +‎ habban.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /beˈxɑb.bɑn/, [beˈhɑb.bɑn]

VerbEdit

behabban

  1. (transitive) to surround or embrace something
    • 1921, Joseph Bosworth & Thomas Northcote Toller, Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online
      Ðīne fȳnd behabbaþ ðē.
      Your enemies surround you.
  2. (transitive) to hold or contain somebody or something
    • 1921, Joseph Bosworth & Thomas Northcote Toller, Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online
      Māran endebyrdnysse þonne ðis godspel behæfð.
      More circumstances than this gospel contains.
  3. (intransitive) to understand something (+ dative or + on)
  4. (transitive) to withhold or hold something back
    • 1921, Joseph Bosworth & Thomas Northcote Toller, Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online
      Behæfð God his mildheortnesse.
      God withholds his mercy.
  5. (transitive) to restrain or detain somebody
    • 1921, Joseph Bosworth & Thomas Northcote Toller, Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online
      behæfdon hine.
      They detained him.

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ReferencesEdit

  • 'be-habban' in Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller (1898) An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary
  • 'be-habban' in Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller (1898) An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary