From Middle English, from Old English bedofen, past particle of Old English bedūfan (“to bedive, to put under, immerse, submerge, drown”), equivalent to be- + dive. Cognate with Middle Low German bedöven (“immersed”).
bedoven (not comparable)
- (obsolete) drenched.
- Alle hir body..semyd be dowen in blood — Life of Saint Christina Mirabilis of Saint Trudons (All her body seemed bedoven in blood.)
- The wind made wave the red weed on the dike. Bedoven in dank deep was every sike. — A Scotch Winter Evening in I512
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- The words were unneeded as a woman, bedoven in blood and screaming, stumbl'd out from the back of the lead truck into the glaring lights.
- (obsolete) drowned.