verb (used with object), begged, beg·ging.
verb (used without object), begged, beg·ging.
Origin of beg1
Synonyms for beg
Examples from the Web for begging
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 16, 2014
As long as Western governments talk tough one minute and hold out the begging bowl the next, not much is likely to change.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
The winter air is rent with cries from thousands of puffed up lips, begging to be let in.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Distraught, confused and ashamed, both men broke down in the courtroom, weeping like children and begging for forgiveness.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
I doubt the letters of the unvindicated who wrote, begging for a fresh look at the evidence, seemed any less sincere.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
Historical Examples of begging
And there they were at the side of the road, showing their tricks and begging for coins.Buried Cities, Part 2
The first one was from a brother minister, begging an exchange.
Duquesnel stayed with him, begging me, however, to go back to the poet's guests.My Double Life
I am begging for a crust from the lavish plenty, all because I am struggling to be honest.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
On flew Apollo, begging her to stop for fear his arrows might hurt her.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
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