bewist

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • biwist, bewiste, biwiste

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

bewist (plural bewists)

  1. (Now chiefly UK dialectal) Food; provision; victual; a living.
  2. (Now chiefly UK dialectal) State or condition of life.
  3. (Now chiefly UK dialectal) Abiding; dwelling; sojourn; living.
  4. (Now chiefly UK dialectal) Dwelling-place; abode; habitation.
Last modified on 26 August 2013, at 20:31