See also: bėgo and begö

English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English begon, from Old English begān (to go over, traverse, get to, come by, fall into, go to, visit, care for, cultivate, inhabit, occupy, surround, beset, overrun, practice, do, engage in, perform, attend to, be diligent about, honor, serve, worship, profess), from Proto-Germanic *bi + *gāną, corresponding to be- +‎ go. Cognate with Dutch begaan, German begehen, Danish begå.

Verb edit

bego (third-person singular simple present begoes, present participle begoing, simple past bewent, past participle begone)

  1. (archaic) To go about; encompass; surround; beset, surround with hostile intent; to overrun.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
      Thy prysemen ar sore begone and put undir, for they ar oversette with Sarazens mo than fyve hondred.
    • 1892, Albany Law Journal, volumes 44-45, page 166:
      False love, I bego, I bego. Ere something still worse come down.
  2. (obsolete) To clothe, dress.
  3. (obsolete except in set phrases) To affect, usually as a good or bad influence, or as a circumstance.
    He was woe begone.

Etymology 2 edit

Back-formation from begone, originally an imperative but now an interjection, construed as a past participle.

Verb edit

bego (third-person singular simple present begoes, present participle begoing, simple past bewent, past participle begone)

  1. (rare, humoristic or faux-archaic) To go away, to disappear.
    • 1902, Carolyn Wells, Abeniki Caldwell, page 178:
      He bewent speedily, and as he vanished I heard him again calling, " Not she, not she ! Ha, ha ! "
    • 1911, Ambrose Bierce, “A Vision of Climate”, in The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, volume 5, page 199:
      “Begone!” I shouted. They bewent, asmirking, / And I, awakening, fell straight aworking.

Noun edit

bego (plural begoes)

  1. That which besets, surrounds, compasses, or affects; situation; circumstance.
    • 2011, Loretto Gubernatis, Dimitrius and the Gladiolas:
      “As I was passing by a vineyard on the Earth where some of mankind were taking their lunch, I heard them complaining and grumbling about these things they called 'ants'. Oh the woes and begoes of mankind,” smiled the good lord.

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Basque edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /beɡo/ [be.ɣ̞o]
  • Rhymes: -eɡo
  • Hyphenation: be‧go

Verb edit

bego

  1. Third-person singular (hura) present imperative form of egon (to be).
    Synonym: dagoela

Indonesian edit

Adjective edit

bego

  1. (informal, vulgar) moron, fool

Italian edit

Pronunciation edit

Verb edit

bego

  1. first-person singular present indicative of begare

References edit

  1. ^ bega in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Maranao edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *(ma-)baqəʀu, compare Malay baru.

Adjective edit

bego

  1. new