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EnglishEdit

 
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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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

TranslationsEdit

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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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VerbEdit

beth

  1. Plural present indicative form of been
Usage notesEdit

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 2Edit

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

Alternative formsEdit

VerbEdit

beth

  1. Alternative form of bith

Etymology 3Edit

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

Alternative formsEdit

VerbEdit

beth

  1. plural imperative of been

Old IrishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

·beth

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

MutationEdit

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.

WelshEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

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

PronounEdit

beth

  1. what?

Etymology 2Edit

See peth (thing).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

beth

  1. Soft mutation of peth.

MutationEdit

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.