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[bih-gawn, -gon]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to go away; depart (usually used in the imperative).
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Origin of begone

1325–75; Middle English; see be (imperative), gone
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Historical Examples

  • I care not for it now; let them begone, for I will not arise.

    The Wives of The Dead

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • She longed to denounce him, to defy him, to bid him begone, and do his worst.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • Their hairy dogs barked at us, and their servants shouted from afar, 'Begone!'

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • In the name of God keep my counsel and begone, for I have nothing to say to you!

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • "Come, boys, let us begone," said Jesse turning to his companions.

British Dictionary definitions for begone


sentence substitute
  1. go away!
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Word Origin

C14: from be (imperative) + gone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for begone


late 14c., contracted from be (imperative) + gone.

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