Verb : Betide (third-person singular simple present betides, present participle betiding, simple past and past participle betid or betided)
- (transitive) To happen to.
- (intransitive) To happen; to take place; to bechance or befall.
Origin: Betide stems from the Old English word tide meaning “something that happened.” As in besot and belabor, the prefix be- turns the noun into a verb.
Uses: Woe betide the accident ruined their family, which was once considered to be the wealthiest family in the city.