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See also: bèṡ, bèś, bêş, bêś, beş, bes-, Bęś, and BES

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

bes

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) Third-person singular simple present indicative form of be
    • 1850, William Stevens Balch, Ireland, as I Saw it:
      She bes there these five yare, an' has sint hoome foor her broother an' sister, the mooney for their passage, an' they bes goone these thra yares.
    • 1916, The Windsor Magazine - Volume 44, page 353:
      "An' he bes free times as old as herself," he wailed, " an' ugly as a squid ! But he bes rich — rich as any marchant — an' for the bread an' the fixin's an' the gold she bes takin' 'im."
    • 2005, Brenda Dooling, The Diamond Cage, →ISBN, page 236:
      And she bes white. Now, I bes what they use to call a house nigra. I don't work in no fields. And you know, I likes my color. Sho' not real fair, and not real dark either. I bes just who I be.
  2. (dialectal, nonstandard) Present tense inflected form of be: am or are.
    • 1850, William Stevens Balch, Ireland, as I Saw it:
      She bes there these five yare, an' has sint hoome foor her broother an' sister, the mooney for their passage, an' they bes goone these thra yares.
    • 2005, Brenda Dooling, The Diamond Cage, →ISBN, page 236:
      And she bes white. Now, I bes what they use to call a house nigra. I don't work in no fields. And you know, I likes my color. Sho' not real fair, and not real dark either. I bes just who I be.

Usage notesEdit

Into the Early Modern English period, be was still sometimes inflected like regular verbs in the ordinary present indicative (i.e. "they be", in addition to "they are"), although "he bes" was uncommon (compare "he beeth").[1] Today, such inflected forms are limited to the alternate, dynamic / lexical conjugation of be described in its Usage notes.

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Henry Sweet, A Primer of Historical English Grammar (1893), page 88: The use of be in the pres. indic. is still kept up in Early MnE: I be, thou beest, they be, etc.; the form he bes is, however, very rare.

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AromanianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from a Vulgar Latin vissiō (attested in glosses). Compare Daco-Romanian băși, băs.

VerbEdit

bes (past participle bishitã)

  1. I fart.

Related termsEdit


BalineseEdit

ConjunctionEdit

bes

  1. too (as in too hard, too much etc.)
    bes joh
    too far (away)

Balinese Index


CatalanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

bes

  1. plural of be

Etymology 2Edit

From a variant of Old Occitan [Term?], from Vulgar Latin *baisu(m), from Latin basium, from Proto-Indo-European *bu. Compare Occitan bais, Spanish beso, Italian bacio.

NounEdit

bes m (plural besos)

  1. kiss
SynonymsEdit
Related termsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

From Latin versus. Doublet of vers.

NounEdit

bes m (plural bessos)

  1. (nautical) strip of cloth used as part of a sail or a flag

Further readingEdit


ChipewyanEdit

NounEdit

bes

  1. knife

CornishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Brythonic *bɨd, from Proto-Celtic *bitus.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Revived Late Cornish) IPA(key): [beːz]

NounEdit

bes m (plural besow)

  1. (Revived Late Cornish) world

MutationEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bɛs/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: bes
  • Rhymes: -ɛs

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch bes, from Old Dutch besi, from Proto-Germanic *basją. Compare English berry, Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐌽𐌰𐌱𐌰𐍃𐌹 (weinabasi, grape).

NounEdit

bes f (plural bessen, diminutive besje n)

  1. berry
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Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

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NounEdit

bes f (plural bessen, diminutive besje n)

  1. (music) B flat

Etymology 3Edit

Backformation from besje, from older bestje, from bestemoer or bestemoeder (grandma, old woman).

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

bes f (plural bessen, diminutive besje n)

  1. (chiefly diminutive) an old woman

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a derivative of *duō (two) (compare bis) + as

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bes m (genitive bessis); third declension

  1. two-thirds, or a two-thirds part of any unit
  2. a coin worth two-thirds of an as

InflectionEdit

Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative bes bessēs
Genitive bessis bessium
Dative bessī bessibus
Accusative bessem bessēs
Ablative besse bessibus
Vocative bes bessēs

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Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

A version of bith with the third-person singular ending replaced with -es as in other verbs (in some dialects) and the vowel of the infinitive been leveled in.

VerbEdit

bes

  1. Alternative form of bith

Norwegian BokmålEdit

VerbEdit

bes

  1. passive form of be

Old IrishEdit

PapiamentuEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Portuguese vez and Spanish vez and Kabuverdianu vés.

NounEdit

bes

  1. times as in "three times is too much"
  2. occasion, instance

Serbo-CroatianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *běsъ (evil spirit).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bȇs m (Cyrillic spelling бе̑с)

  1. rage
  2. fury
  3. madness
  4. mania
  5. tantrum
  6. wildness
  7. ferocity
  8. rampage

DeclensionEdit


SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bes

  1. plural of be

SwedishEdit

VerbEdit

bes

  1. infinitive passive of be.
  2. present tense passive of be.

TagalogEdit