befalling

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bifallinge, equivalent to befall +‎ -ing. Cognate with Dutch bevalling (delivery, confinement), Swedish befallning (command, behest, charge).

Noun[edit]

befalling (plural befallings)

  1. A happening; occurrence; chance; event.

Verb[edit]

befalling

  1. Present participle of befall.

Adjective[edit]

befalling (comparative more befalling, superlative most befalling)

  1. (archaic) Appertaining; appropriate; fitting.
    • 1542, John Udall, The apophthegmes of Erasmus:
      Bountie and largesse is befalling for kynges.