See also: bég, bèg, beg., and bēg

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English beggen, assimilation from Old English *becgan, *bedcan, *bedican, syncopated variants of 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. See Norwegian Bokmål be (beg, ask).

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.
    Synonym: supplicate
    I beg your pardon. I didn’t mean to cause offence.
    He begged her to go to the prom with him.
  3. (transitive) In the phrase beg the question: to assume.
  4. (transitive, proscribed) In the phrase beg the question: to raise (a question).
    Antonym: set aside
  5. (transitive, law, obsolete) To ask to be appointed guardian for, or to ask to have a guardian appointed for.
    • (Can we date this quote by Harrington and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
Usage notesEdit

This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs

Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit
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NounEdit

beg (plural begs)

  1. The act of begging; an imploring request.
    • 2008, Cathy Gohlke, William Henry is a Fine Name/I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires Set:
      “Lord,” I prayed, “it's a long time since I came to You for anything besides a quick beg for help. And it seems every time I come to You I'm asking something bigger, more impossible. But I'm here again. []

See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Ottoman Turkish بك(beg).

NounEdit

beg (plural begs)

  1. A provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire; a bey.
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

beg

  1. (knitting) Abbreviation of 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.

Further readingEdit

AnagramsEdit


DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish بك(beg).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

beg m (plural begs)

  1. (historical) Alternative form of bei.

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, superlative sloo)

  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


Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

borrowed from Ottoman Turkish بك(ruler)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bȅg m (Cyrillic spelling бе̏г)

  1. (regional) master, lord

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • beg” in Hrvatski jezični portal

SloveneEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Slavic *běgъ.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bẹ̑g m inan

  1. run
  2. getaway
  3. escape
  4. withdrawal
  5. (phrase) flight
    Planiti v begTo take flight
InflectionEdit
Masculine inan., hard o-stem
nom. sing. bég
gen. sing. béga
singular dual plural
nominative bég béga bégi
accusative bég béga bége
genitive béga bégov bégov
dative bégu bégoma bégom
locative bégu bégih bégih
instrumental bégom bégoma bégi

Etymology 2Edit

From Turkish bey.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bẹ̑g m anim

  1. bey (Turkish governor)
InflectionEdit
Masculine anim., hard o-stem
nom. sing. bég
gen. sing. béga
singular dual plural
nominative bég béga bégi
accusative béga béga bége
genitive béga bégov bégov
dative bégu bégoma bégom
locative bégu bégih bégih
instrumental bégom bégoma bégi

Further readingEdit

  • beg”, in Slovarji Inštituta za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, portal Fran

VolapükEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English beg.

NounEdit

beg (nominative plural begs)

  1. request, an action of begging

DeclensionEdit


ZhuangEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Chinese (MC bˠæk̚).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

beg (old orthography beg, Sawndip forms )

  1. (bound) white

AdverbEdit

beg (old orthography beg, Sawndip forms )

  1. in vain; for nothing
  2. for free; free of charge