reested; reesting; reests

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland
: balk

Word History


probably short for Scots arreest to arrest, from Middle English (Scots) arreisten, from Anglo-French arester — more at arrest

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reest was in 1786

Dictionary Entries Near reest

Cite this Entry

“Reest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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