[ bih-tahyd ]
/ bɪˈtaɪd /

verb (used with object), be·tid·ed, be·tid·ing.

to happen to; come to; befall: Woe betide the villain!

verb (used without object), be·tid·ed, be·tid·ing.

to happen; come to pass: Whatever betides, maintain your courage.


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Origin of betide

First recorded in 1125–75, betide is from the Middle English word betiden. See be-, tide2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for betide

/ (bɪˈtaɪd) /


to happen or happen to; befall (often in the phrase woe betide (someone))

Word Origin for betide

C13: see be-, tide ²
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