verb (used with object), begged, beg·ging.
verb (used without object), begged, beg·ging.
- beg off,
- beg the question,
- beg to differ,
- beg, borrow, or steal,
Origin of beg1
Examples from the Web for begging
I answered his questions perfunctorily, begging off that I was soon to return to my dorm, as I was tired.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As long as Western governments talk tough one minute and hold out the begging bowl the next, not much is likely to change.
The winter air is rent with cries from thousands of puffed up lips, begging to be let in.
Distraught, confused and ashamed, both men broke down in the courtroom, weeping like children and begging for forgiveness.
I doubt the letters of the unvindicated who wrote, begging for a fresh look at the evidence, seemed any less sincere.
And yet the indignation in her bosom was too strong to admit of her retracting those fatal phrases and begging forgiveness.
I had an aunt once—begging your pardon, sir—that was burned most 'orribly.The Tigress|Anne Warner
She said to me: "The food which I get by begging is divine."The Hungry Stones And Other Stories|Rabindranath Tagore
But there was a little meat sometimes, and all the while there was poor Wong begging unnoticed.Intimate China|Mrs. Archibald Little
After begging pardon for disturbing us, they built a smoky fire, near the drying negatives.In Indian Mexico (1908)|Frederick Starr
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
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.
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