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.

Nearby words

  1. bethphage,
  2. bethsabee,
  3. bethsaida,
  4. bethune,
  5. bethune, mary mcleod,
  6. betimes,
  7. betjeman,
  8. betjeman, sir john,
  9. betoken,
  10. betony

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for betide



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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Word Origin and History for betide



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

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