- use; advantage; benefit: The money was spent for his own behoof.
Origin of behoof
Examples from the Web for behoof
“Nay, I would not have you peril your life for my behoof,” she replied, with a smile.The Grateful Indian
If ye do well, to your own behoof will ye do it; and if ye do evil, against yourselves will ye do it.Pearls of Thought
Maturin M. Ballou
Even the chapel-service has been brightened up for their behoof.Mystic London:
Charles Maurice Davies
If sages were ever wise in their own behoof, I might have foreseen all this.The Scarlet Letter
I could wish therefore, that, for their benefit and behoof, this circumstance were omitted.The Works of William Cowper
- rare advantage or profit
Word Origin and History for behoof
c.1200, "use, benefit, advantage;" Old English had bihoflic "useful," implying *bihof "advantage, utility;" from Proto-Germanic *bi-hof "that which binds, requirement, obligation" (cf. Old Frisian bihof "advantage," Dutch behoef, Middle High German bihuof "useful thing," German Behuf "benefit, use, advantage"). In the common Germanic compound, the first element, likely intensive, is cognate with be- and the second with Old English hof, past tense of hebban "to raise" (see heave (v.)). The original sense is perhaps, then, "taking up (for oneself)."