befalling

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bifallinge, equivalent to befall +‎ -ing. Cognate with Dutch bevalling (delivery, confinement), Swedish befallning (command, behest, charge).

NounEdit

befalling (plural befallings)

  1. A happening; occurrence; chance; event.

VerbEdit

befalling

  1. Present participle of befall.

AdjectiveEdit

befalling (comparative more befalling, superlative most befalling)

  1. (archaic) Appertaining; appropriate; fitting.
    • 1542, John Udall, The apophthegmes of Erasmus:
      Bountie and largesse is befalling for kynges.
Last modified on 13 February 2014, at 12:58