becall

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bicallen, bikallen, equivalent to be- +‎ call.

Verb[edit]

becall (third-person singular simple present becalls, present participle becalling, simple past and past participle becalled)

  1. (transitive) To accuse.
    • 1878, Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native
      You must not becall me for laughing when you spoke; you mistook when you thought I laughed at you as a foolish man.
    • 2009, Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews and Shamela - Page 203:
      I no sooner see him, but I scream out to Mrs. Jervis, she feigns likewise but just to come to herself; we both begin, she to becall, and I to bescratch very liberally.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To call upon; call forth; challenge.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To call; summon.
  4. (transitive) To call names; miscall.