beg

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See also: bèg and bég

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English beggen, assimilation from Old English *bedican, syncopated variant of bedecian (to beg). Related to Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐌳𐌰𐌲𐍅𐌰 (bidagwa, beggar), Old English biddan (to ask). More at bid, bead.

Verb[edit]

beg (third-person singular simple present begs, present participle begging, simple past and past participle begged)

  1. (intransitive) to request the help of someone, often in the form of money
    He begged on the street corner from passers-by.
  2. (transitive) to plead with someone for help, a favor, etc.; to entreat
    I beg your pardon. I didn't mean to cause offence.
    He begged her to go to the prom with him.
    • Shakespeare
      I do beg your good will in this case.
    • Bible, Matthew xxvii. 58
      [Joseph] begged the body of Jesus.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 5
      But that same day came Sam Tewkesbury to the Why Not? about nightfall, and begged a glass of rum, being, as he said, 'all of a shake' []
  3. (transitive) to assume, in the phrase beg the question
  4. (proscribed) to raise a question, in the phrase beg the question
  5. (law, obsolete) To ask to be appointed guardian for, or to ask to have a guardian appointed for.
    • Harrington
      Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Turkish beg.

Noun[edit]

beg (plural begs)

  1. a provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey
Translations[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Abbreviation [please replace this header][edit]

beg

  1. (knitting) beginning
    • 2005, DRG Dynamic Resource, House of White Birches, Big Book of Knit Hats & Scarves for Everyone (page 34)
      Knit with MC until work measures 3 inches from beg.

Anagrams[edit]


Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

beg

  1. rafsi of bengo.

Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English beg.

Noun[edit]

beg (Jawi spelling بيݢ)

  1. bag

Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish bec.

Adjective[edit]

beg (plural beggey)

  1. small

Slovene[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Noun[edit]

bég m inan (genitive béga, nominative plural bégi)

  1. run
  2. flight
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Turkish bey.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bég m anim (genitive béga, nominative plural bégi)

  1. bey (Turkish governor)
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Volapük[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English beg.

Noun[edit]

beg (plural begs)

  1. request, an action of begging

Declension[edit]