to help; assist; serve; avail.
Archaic. placed or situated, often unfavorably or in difficulty.
Oh, sure never was a poor maid so bestead with blind men—well, fetch thy beechnuts.
Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
“to help, support, prop,” 1580s, from be- + stead (v.); see stead.
the rendering in Isa. 8:21, where alone it occurs, of a Hebrew word meaning to oppress, or be in circumstances of hardship.
to express deep sorrow for; lament: a little child bewailing the loss of her dog. to express grief. Contemporary Examples I recount this not to bewail my fate, or to dwell in the past. The Lessons of the Nakba Ziad J. Asali May 10, 2012 Historical Examples They think it the women’s part to bewail […]
to be wary, cautious, or careful of (usually used imperatively): Beware such inconsistency. Beware his waspish wit. to be cautious or careful: Beware of the dog. Contemporary Examples “beware” by Big Sean is awash in technicolor static, colorful sceneries overlaid over Big Sean. Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne & More Best Music Videos of the Week […]
to weep over (something): to beweep one’s foolish mistakes. v. Old English bewepan, cognate with Old Frisian biwepa, Old Saxon biwopian; see be- + weep. Related: Bewept.
having whiskers; bearded. ancient, as a witticism, expression, etc.; passé; hoary: a bewhiskered catchword of a bygone era. Historical Examples At the bar of the place Bill found a rough, bewhiskered fellow, whom he drew aside. Frank Merriwell’s Backers Burt L. Standish It seemed ridiculous to call a strapping, curly-haired, bewhiskered, six-foot man “Tommy”! The […]