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This page has 23 definitions of beg with English translations in 8 languages. Beg is a verb, noun, an adjective and adverb. Examples of how to use beg in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Beg, bég, bèg, beg., and bēg

English beg definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Inherited from Middle English beggen, of uncertain origin, possibly from Old English *becgian, *bedcian, syncopated variants of bedecian (to beg), from Proto-Germanic *bedagô (petitioner; requestor; beggar), from *bedą, *bedō (prayer; request). Compare North Frisian bēdagi (to pray), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐌳𐌰𐌲𐍅𐌰 (bidagwa, beggar), Old English biddan (to ask). More at bid, bead. See Norwegian Bokmål be (beg, ask).

Verb

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.
    • a. 1612, John Harington, Epigrams
      Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
Usage notes

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

Derived terms
Translations
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Noun

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 also

Etymology 2

From Ottoman Turkish بك(beg).

Noun

beg (plural begs)

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

Etymology 3

Noun

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 reading

Anagrams


Dutch beg definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish بك(beg).

Pronunciation

Noun

beg m (plural begs)

  1. (historical) Alternative form of bei.

Malay beg definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English bag.

Pronunciation

Noun

beg (Jawi spelling بيݢ)

  1. bag

Manx beg definition

Etymology

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

Adjective

beg (plural beggey, comparative loo, superlative sloo)

  1. small

Mutation

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.

References


Serbo-Croatian beg definition

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *běgъ.

Pronunciation

Noun

bȇg m (Cyrillic spelling бе̑г)

  1. escape

Declension

Derived terms

References

  • beg” in Hrvatski jezični portal

Slovene beg definition

Etymology 1

From Proto-Slavic *běgъ.

Pronunciation

Noun

bẹ̑g m inan

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

From Turkish bey.

Pronunciation

Noun

bẹ̑g m anim

  1. bey (Turkish governor)
Inflection
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 reading

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

Volapük beg definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English beg.

Noun

beg (nominative plural begs)

  1. request, an action of begging

Declension


Zhuang beg definition

Etymology

From Chinese (MC bˠæk̚).

Pronunciation

Adjective

beg (Sawndip form , old orthography beg)

  1. (bound) white

Adverb

beg (Sawndip form , old orthography beg)

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