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begirt (third-person singular simple present begirts, present participle begirting, simple past and past participle begirted or begirt)

  1. (obsolete) To surround or enclose
    • 1749, John Cleland, “part 5”, in Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, London: G. Fenton, OCLC 13050889:
      and now I had him every way encircled and begirt; and having drawn him home to me, I kept him fast there, as if I had sought to unite bodies with him at that point.
    • 1663, Samuel Butler, Hudibras:
      Who having round begirt the palace, / (As once a moth they do the gallows,) / As members gave the sign about, / Set up their throats with hideous shout.
      (Part 1, Canto 2, Lines 532-535)


  • OED 2nd edition 1989