- Any living creature; an animal; -- including man, insects, etc.(Obs)
- Any four-footed animal, that may be used for labor, food, or sport; as, a beast of burden."A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast." [Prov. xii. 10.]
- any animal other than a human; -- opposed to man."'Tain't a fit night out for man nor beast."
- Fig.: A coarse, brutal, filthy, or degraded fellow.
- A game at cards similar to loo.(Obs)
- A penalty at beast, omber, etc. Hence: To be beasted, to be beaten at beast, omber, etc.synonyms: Beast Brute.
Usage: When we use these words in a figurative sense, as applicable to human beings, we think of beasts as mere animals governed by animal appetite; and of brutes as being destitute of reason or moral feeling, and governed by unrestrained passion. Hence we speak of beastly appetites; beastly indulgences, etc.; and of brutal manners; brutal inhumanity; brutal ferocity. So, also, we say of a drunkard, that he first made himself a beast, and then treated his family like a brute.
Etymology: OE. best beste, OF. beste, F. bête, fr. L. bestia