befile

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English befilen, from Old English befȳlan (to befoul, defile, make dirty), from Proto-Germanic *bi- (be-), *fūlijaną (to make foul), equivalent to be- +‎ file. Cognate with Scots befile (to befile), Dutch bevuilen (to soil, dirty). See also defile.

Verb[edit]

befile (third-person singular simple present befiles, present participle befiling, simple past and past participle befiled)

  1. (transitive, dialectal or obsolete) To make filthy; befoul; soil.

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