hest

[ hest ]
/ hɛst /
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noun Archaic.

Origin of hest

before 1150; Middle English hest(e), Old English hǣs; akin to hātan to bid
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British Dictionary definitions for hest

hest

/ (hɛst) /

noun

an archaic word for behest

Word Origin for hest

Old English hǣs; related to hātan to promise, command
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Word Origin and History for hest

hest


n.

"bidding, command," Old English hæs "bidding, behest, command," from Proto-Germanic *hait-ti-, from *haitan "to call, name" (see hight (v.)). With -t added in Middle English on model of other pairings (cf. wist/wesan).

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