From Middle English becharmen, bicharmen, equivalent to be- +‎ charm.


becharm ‎(third-person singular simple present becharms, present participle becharming, simple past and past participle becharmed)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To charm; fascinate; hold by a charm or spell.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick Chapter 135
      Ahab knew that the whale had sounded; but intending to be near him at the next rising, he held on his way a little sideways from the vessel; the becharmed crew maintaining the profoundest silence, as the head-bent waves hammered and hammered against the opposing bow.

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