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or begorah, begorrah

[bih-gawr-uh, -gor-uh, bee-] /bɪˈgɔr ə, -ˈgɒr ə, bi-/
interjection, Irish English.
(used as a euphemism for by God):
It's a fine day, begorra.
Origin of begorra
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for begorra
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  • begorra, ye'll soon hear an Irish echo ax ye something else!

  • begorra, you're wilcome to no more watermillons, ye'll find!

  • Whin we get the Bill every man can take a shpade, an' begorra!

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • But begorra, the pump leaks, an' I have to pump a quarther more than I should.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Whin we get the bill every man can take a shpade, an', begorra!

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • begorra, your honour, it's a good dhrink ye'll have to give me for this day's work.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • "begorra, I'm willn'," cried Kerry, grasping at the mediation.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • An' we'll do our duty av we nivver do anything ilse, begorra!

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • begorra, it's not near the cruiser I've been at all, at all.

  • That's my way of looking at it, so, begorra, eight guns equal eighty.

British Dictionary definitions for begorra


an emphatic exclamation, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
Word Origin
C19: euphemistic alteration of by God!
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Word Origin and History for begorra

1839, antiquated Anglo-Irish form of expletive By God.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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