1. better, from Old English betera, better, from Germanic (comparative) *batizō.
2. best, from Old English bet(e)st, best, from Germanic (superlative) *batistaz.
3. boot2, from Old English bōt, remedy, aid, from Germanic noun *bōtō.
4. batten1, ultimately from Old Norse batna, to improve, from Germanic verb *batnan, to become better.
[Pokorny bhā̆d- 106.]

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