verb (used with object), begged, beg·ging.
verb (used without object), begged, beg·ging.
Origin of beg1
British Dictionary definitions for beg off (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for beg off (2 of 3)
verb begs, begging or begged
- to evade the issue
- to assume the thing under examination as proved
- to suggest that a question needs to be askedthe firm's success begs the question: why aren't more companies doing the same?
Word Origin for beg
British Dictionary definitions for beg off (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for beg off
c.1200, perhaps from Old English bedecian "to beg," from Proto-Germanic *beth-; or possibly from Anglo-French begger, from Old French begart (see beggar). The Old English word for "beg" was wædlian, from wædl "poverty." Of trained dogs, 1816.
As a courteous mode of asking (beg pardon, etc.), first attested c.1600. To beg the question translates Latin petitio principii, and means "to assume something that hasn't been proven as a basis of one's argument," thus "asking" one's opponent to give something unearned, though more of the nature of taking it for granted without warrant.
Idioms and Phrases with beg off (1 of 2)
Ask to be released from an obligation; turn down an invitation. For example, He's asked me out to dinner three times already, but I have to beg off again, or Mother couldn't take on another committee and so she begged off. [Early 1700s]
Idioms and Phrases with beg off (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with beg
- beginning of the end, the
- begin to see daylight
- begin to see the light
- begin with
- beg off
- beg the question
- beg to differ
- go begging