Origin of English word BEHOOVES

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The word BEHOOVES is addressed in the entry: BEHOOVE


English Word

BEHOOVE

Edenic Word

[K]HOOBH

Hebrew Word

חוב

Transliteration

Het-Vav-Bhet

Pronounciation

HOOVE

Conversion

[(K)H-(V) → HV]

Roots

BEHOOVE was behofian in Old English.  Minus the be-prefix, it means “ necessary to do.”  The AHD makes BEHOOVE a cognate of HAVE (possess) at Indo-European “root” kap (to grasp).    While this seems wrong, BEHOOVE belongs with HAVE TO  (required) as in “it BEHOOVES one to do something.”

חוב [K]HOOBH  is to be bound, indebted (Harkavy).   חוב [K]HOABH is a debt (Ezekiel 18:7).

 More at OWE. חב   [K]Ha(V) is to be indebted or responsible *Ben-Yehudah). . Closest to BEHOOVE is the post-Biblical  חיב   [K]HaYaBH, bound, guilty, obligated.  


Branches

While the AHD has no cognates of BEHOOVE that seem relevant, it does cite a theoretical German root hof which involves obligations and requirements.

The sense of being bound (obliged )  is tied up in the Het-Bet of   חובל   [K]HeBHeL (rope, rigging -– see CABLE.)   A sailor, who knows the ropes, is thus a  חובל   [K]HoBHaiL (explained by EDK as “he who binds.”

Reverse Chinese pi hsu (obligatory) to get  our  H + bilabial.


Related Words

OWE,CABLE



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