|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
The rendering in Isaiah 8:21, where alone it occurs, of a Hebrew word meaning to oppress, or be in circumstances of hardship.
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (imp. & p. p.) of Bestead.
2. (v. t.) To put in a certain situation or condition; to circumstance; to place.
3. (v. t.) To put in peril; to beset.
4. (v. t.) To serve; to assist; to profit; to avail.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
be-sted' (niqsheh, "caught in a snare," "entrapped"; as Judah hard pressed in their own land by the Assyrians (Isaiah 8:21 the King James Version)): Found only here. Old English word steden meaning "place," hence, "set," "beset"; usually with "ill," "sorely bested." In the Revised Version (British and American) rendered "sore distressed."
Bestead (1 Occurrence)
Isaiah 8:21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. (KJV JPS)