Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • adjective Wealthy; well-to-do.
  • adjective Well provided; comfortable; cosy.
  • adverb Comfortably.
  • verb transitive To render or make comfortable; dry.

Etymologies

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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.

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