verb (used with object)
- belaúnde terry, fernando,
Origin of beleaguer
Examples from the Web for beleaguering
The beleaguering hosts of France swarmed round the strong-walled castle, and the herald of France demanded entrance.Historic Boys|Elbridge Streeter Brooks
The beleaguering force outside the fort, he said, must outnumber ours two to one.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
The warders soon noted the alteration that had taken place in the beleaguering army.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)|James Hogg
The Seven Captains are beleaguering Thebes, and affairs are going ill with the garrison.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)|John Addington Symonds
The English word is “leaguer,” an armed camp, especially that of a besieging or “beleaguering” army.
Word Origin for beleaguer
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.