verb \bi-ˈtīd, bē-\

Definition of BETIDE

intransitive verb
:  to happen especially as if by fate
transitive verb
:  to happen to :  befall —used chiefly in the phrase woe betide <woe betide our enemies>

Examples of BETIDE

  1. <we will be happy in our new home, whatever may betide>

First Known Use of BETIDE

12th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: betime
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Bethylidae
All Words Near: betide

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up betide? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).