behoof

noun

be·​hoof bi-ˈhüf How to pronounce behoof (audio)
bē-
: advantage, profit
for his own behoof

Word History

Etymology

Middle English behof, from Old English behōf profit, need; akin to Old English hebban to raise — more at heave entry 1

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of behoof was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Behoof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behoof. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

behoof

noun

be·​hoof bi-ˈhüf How to pronounce behoof (audio)
: advantage entry 1 sense 1, benefit
acted only for his own behoof
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