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 begorrah

Historical Examples of begorrah

  • Begorrah, but wasn't it lucky that we didn't have the blanket wrapped about us?

  • Begorrah, if it wasn't for the bastely drill, I should forget that I was a soldier at all.

  • Ay, faith,” said Mick coolly; “it wor aboord this virry ship, begorrah!

    Young Tom Bowling

    J.C. Hutcheson

  • "Begorrah, but it's ourselves that's the sickest," laughed Teddy, fully sensible of his sad condition.

    The Lost Trail

    Edward S. Ellis

  • Begorrah, yees can't blame us whin we tried to the bist of our indeavor to find it and wasn't able.

    The Lost Trail

    Edward S. Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for begorrah



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 begorrah


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper