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verb (used with object), be·tid·ed, be·tid·ing.
  1. to happen to; come to; befall: Woe betide the villain!
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verb (used without object), be·tid·ed, be·tid·ing.
  1. 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
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Related Words for betide

transpire, befall, befit, chance, fall, become, happen, presage, occur

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Historical Examples of betide

  • Once over this and into the guard-house, and we can never be flanked, whatever else betide.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Whatever might now betide, her mission was fulfilled, if she once got quietly away.

  • Betide what might, it was not for Garnache to play the eavesdropper.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Yet are we prepared, with an even mind and a trusting faith, for whatever may betide.


    William Ware

  • But I must get to these Karakorum mountains, whatever may betide.

British Dictionary definitions for betide


  1. to happen or happen to; befall (often in the phrase woe betide (someone))
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Word Origin for betide

C13: see be-, tide ²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for betide


"to happen, befall," late 12c., from be- + tiden "to happen" (see tide).

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