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[hest] /hɛst/
noun, Archaic.
Origin of hest
before 1150; Middle English hest(e), Old English hǣs; akin to hātan to bid Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hest
Historical Examples
  • Straightway the thanes of Etzel / ready stood her hest to do.

  • Engi mar mtti fara upp dalinn me hest er hund, vat at var egar drepit.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • Uctredus drengus mansit ad uest de via de Nortwde, et grangiae ejus fuerunt ex alia parte viae, scilicet, hest.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • And his brothers and his kinsmen duteously his hest obey, With each parting guest and monarch journey on the home ward way.

    Maha-bharata Anonymous
  • Thow hest fed us with the bread of tearis, and hath gevin to us tearis to drynk in great measure.

  • Thow hest maid us a stryf unto our nychtbouris, and our ennemyis laugh us to scorne amangis thame selfis.

  • For this thing was plain, that the most part of the people was loyal to the King, and minded to follow him and obey Calote's hest.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • All seemed thinly clad, despite the fearfully cold wind sweeping down from the Nephin, the hest, and other snow-clad mountains.

    Disturbed Ireland Bernard H. Becker
  • hest here seems possible; meseems myriad lives still linger here, awaiting some one great summons.

    At Home And Abroad Margaret Fuller Ossoli
British Dictionary definitions for hest


an archaic word for behest
Word Origin
Old English hǣs; related to hātan to promise, command
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Word Origin and History for hest

"bidding, command," Old English hæs "bidding, behest, command," from Proto-Germanic *hait-ti-, from *haitan "to call, name" (see hight (v.)). With -t added in Middle English on model of other pairings (cf. wist/wesan).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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