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  1. archaic, slang an emphatic exclamation
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Word Origin

C18: euphemistic alteration of by God!
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Examples from the Web for begad

Historical Examples

  • Begad, she gave it to him there,—a regular double-headed shot!

    The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • I 'd know that trip in a thousand; begad, you 're Bagenal Daly, and nobody else!

  • I've had thirty years of it, and, begad, I'd like to go back again.

  • Vanished like a witch, begad, while I was turning to ring the bell!

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch

  • Begad, these French women have a great deal to recommend them.

    The Northern Iron

    George A. Birmingham