English edit

Etymology edit

Probably from Dutch betalen (to pay), equivalent to be- +‎ tale. Compare also German bezahlen (to pay) and Swedish betala (to pay).

Verb edit

betall (third-person singular simple present betalls, present participle betalling, simple past and past participle betalled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To pay; count out money.
    • 1980, Jill L. Levenson, A critical edition of the anonymous Elizabethan play "The Weakest goeth to the wall":
      And you will love me, kiss me, and be my secret sweetheart. Your husband will not know. I will give you money, and your husband will not have to betall, to pay for your lodgings or your food.

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