[ bih-lee-ger ]
/ bɪˈli gər /

verb (used with object)

to surround with military forces.
to surround or beset, as with troubles.

Nearby words

  1. belaúnde terry, fernando,
  2. belch,
  3. beld,
  4. beldam,
  5. beldame,
  6. beleaguered,
  7. beleave,
  8. belection,
  9. belemnite,
  10. belemnoid

Origin of beleaguer

First recorded in 1580–90; be- + leaguer1

Related formsbe·lea·guer·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beleaguered


/ (bɪˈliːɡə) /

verb (tr)

to trouble persistently; harass
to lay siege to

Word Origin for beleaguer

C16: from be- + leaguer 1

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Word Origin and History for beleaguered



1580s, from Dutch or Low German belegeren "to besiege," from be- "around" (see be-) + legeren "to camp," from leger "bed, camp, army, lair," from Proto-Germanic *leg-raz-, from PIE *legh-to- "lie" (see lie (v.2)). A word from the Flemish Wars (cf. Swedish belägra, Dutch belegeren "besiege," German Belagerung "siege"). Spelling influenced by league. Related: Beleaguered; beleaguering.

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