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From Middle English bigabben, equivalent to be- ‎(over, at, about) +‎ gab. Cognate with Swedish begabba.


begab ‎(third-person singular simple present begabs, present participle begabbing, simple past and past participle begabbed)

  1. (transitive) To deceive; mock.
    • 1974, Richard Gardner, Richard Cummings, The adventures of Don Juan:
      "You begabbed her, of course. A tit for a tattle is her bargain. And then?"
  2. (transitive) To gab about; talk over; report from one (person) to another.