noun, plural be·hooves [bih-hoovz] /bɪˈhuvz/.
Origin of behoof
verb (used with object), be·hooved, be·hoov·ing.
verb (used without object), be·hooved, be·hoov·ing.
Origin of behoove
Examples from the Web for behooves
I will still say that it behooves us not to forget that Morsi was no democrat.
Given that said government is now spending almost a quarter of our annual income, it behooves us to keep an eye on it.
It behooves us to get betrothed as soon as possible when these young things set up for admirers.A Little Girl in Old St. Louis|Amanda Minnie Douglas
It behooves a Christian to watch out what sort of a mate his daughter picks.The Cottage of Delight|Will N. Harben
The old singers are somewhat prolix; it behooves us to be brief.Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)|Charles Morris
It behooves those who idolize him to examine the image before which they stand.
He got up and said: “You are the more fortunate of us two, it behooves me therefore to be the more merciful.”The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
noun plural -hooves
Word Origin 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)."
Old English behofian "to have need of, have use for," verbal form of the ancient compound word represented by behoof.
Historically, it rimes with move, prove, but being now mainly a literary word, it is generally made to rime with rove, grove, by those who know it only in books. [OED]