from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Benefit; advantage: using public funds for their own behoof.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Advantage or benefit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Advantage; profit; benefit; interest; use.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is advantageous to a person; behalf; interest; advantage; profit; benefit.
Middle English bihove, from Old English behōf; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English behōf from Proto-Germanic *bihōfan, originally a past tense form of *bihafan (“to get, receive”). Akin to Dutch behoef, German Behuf ("necessity"), Danish behov ("requirement") (from Middle Low German). For the verbal root, compare Old English hebban, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐍆𐌾𐌰𐌽 (hafjan). (Wiktionary)