or be·gor·ah, be·gor·rah

[bih-gawr-uh, -gor-uh, bee-]

interjection Irish English.

(used as a euphemism for by God): It's a fine day, begorra.

Origin of begorra

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for begorra

Historical Examples of begorra

  • Begorra, ye'll soon hear an Irish echo ax ye something else!

  • Begorra, you're wilcome to no more watermillons, ye'll find!

  • But begorra, the pump leaks, an' I have to pump a quarther more than I should.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Whin we get the bill every man can take a shpade, an', begorra!

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Begorra, your honour, it's a good dhrink ye'll have to give me for this day's work.'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

British Dictionary definitions for begorra



an emphatic exclamation, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people

Word Origin for begorra

C19: euphemistic alteration of by God!
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Word Origin and History for begorra

1839, antiquated Anglo-Irish form of expletive By God.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper