from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Wealthy; well-to-do.
  • adj. Well provided; comfortable; cosy.
  • adv. Comfortably.
  • v. To render or make comfortable; dry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wealthy; well to do: as, a bein farmer; a bein body.
  • Well provided; comfortable; cozy.
  • Comfortably.


From Middle English been, beene, bene ("gracious, generous, pleasant"), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Old Norse beinn ("straight, right, favourable, advantageous, convenient, friendly, fair, keen"), from Proto-Germanic *bainaz (“straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhei- (“to hit, beat”). Cognate with Scots bein, bien ("in good condition, pleasant, well-to-do, cosy, well-stocked, pleasant, keen"), Icelandic beinn ("straight, direct, hospitable"), Norwegian bein ("straight, direct, easy to deal with"). See also bain. (Wiktionary)


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