bedraw

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bedrawen, from Old English bedragan (to draw aside, seduce), equivalent to be- +‎ draw. Cognate with Scots bedraw, bydraw (to draw aside, supercede).

Verb[edit]

bedraw (third-person singular simple present bedraws, present participle bedrawing, simple past bedrew, past participle bedrawn)

  1. (transitive, rare, dialectal) To draw aside or away.
    • 2010, Jordan Spencer Cunningham, Bobby Robertson, Timothy Brooks, The New Ipf Anthology of Fine Literature:
      Become, be with, be helping me; Bespouse, bedraw, be make-me see.
    • 1875, THE BRITISH FLAC & CHRISTIAN SENTINEL:
      "Oh, how grand those rays! they seem to bedraw earth to Heaven!"
  2. (transitive, rare, dialectal) To draw away; seduce; deceive.