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EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English beggen, assimilation from Old English *becgan, *bedcan, *bedican, syncopated variants of Old English bedecian (to beg), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *bedagô (petitioner; requestor; beggar), from *bedą, *bedō (prayer; request). Related to North Frisian bēdagi (to pray), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐌳𐌰𐌲𐍅𐌰 (bidagwa, beggar), Old English biddan (to ask). More at bid, bead.

VerbEdit

beg (third-person singular simple present begs, present participle begging, simple past and past participle begged)

  1. (intransitive) to request the help of someone, often in the form of money
    He begged on the street corner from passers-by.
  2. (transitive) to plead with someone for help, a favor, etc.; to entreat
    I beg your pardon. I didn't mean to cause offence.
    He begged her to go to the prom with him.
    • Shakespeare
      I do beg your good will in this case.
    • Bible, Matthew xxvii. 58
      [Joseph] begged the body of Jesus.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 5
      But that same day came Sam Tewkesbury to the Why Not? about nightfall, and begged a glass of rum, being, as he said, 'all of a shake' []
  3. (transitive) to assume, in the phrase beg the question
  4. (proscribed) to raise a question, in the phrase beg the question
  5. (law, obsolete) To ask to be appointed guardian for, or to ask to have a guardian appointed for.
    • Harrington
      Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Turkish beg.

NounEdit

beg (plural begs)

  1. a provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

AbbreviationEdit

beg

  1. (knitting) beginning
    • 2005, DRG Dynamic Resource, House of White Birches, Big Book of Knit Hats & Scarves for Everyone (page 34)
      Knit with MC until work measures 3 inches from beg.

AnagramsEdit


DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Turkish beg.

NounEdit

beg m (plural beggen)

  1. (historical) Alternative form of bei.

LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

beg

  1. rafsi of bengo.

MalayEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English bag.

NounEdit

beg (Jawi spelling بيݢ)

  1. bag

ManxEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish bec, from Proto-Celtic *bikkos (small).

AdjectiveEdit

beg (plural beggey, comparative loo)

  1. small

MutationEdit

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
beg veg meg
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

  • bec” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.

SloveneEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Related to Serbo-Croatian bijeg

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bég m inan (genitive béga, nominative plural bégi)

  1. run
  2. getaway
  3. escape
  4. withdrawal
  5. (phrase) flight
    Planiti v begTo take flight
DeclensionEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Turkish bey.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bég m anim (genitive béga, nominative plural bégi)

  1. bey (Turkish governor)
DeclensionEdit

VolapükEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English beg.

NounEdit

beg (plural begs)

  1. request, an action of begging

DeclensionEdit