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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Beg. v. Also: begg, beagg, beig, baig, bag; big, bygue. [ME. begg(e, beggen (c 1225), of uncertain origin.]

1. intr. To ask for alms or food.c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2536 (biggand frome dure to dure I pas). a1500 Henr. Fab. 97 (I schame to beg). a1500 Bk. Chess 1486 (beggand in the land). a1508 Kennedy Flyting 426 (thow beggit with a pardoun in all kirkis). 1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 186 (ane Ybernian preist at past begand thrucht the hall). 1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 14 (he beggis and will nocht wirk for his leving). c1568 Lauder Minor P. ii. 29 (thame that beggis frome dure to dure). a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxvi. 44 (to beg and nocht to byd).

2. tr. To ask for (something) as alms, in charity, or as a favour.c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyting 133 (thow skaffis and beggis beir and aitis); 142 (beggand ky and ox). 1513 Doug. i. Prol. 61 (all otheris mon thar lycht beg or borrow). 1549 Compl. 135/16 (beggand our meit athourt the cuntre). 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 338 (thai beigit the samyn fra honest men). 1611-57 Mure I. 10/38 (ane captiue beggand grace). 1642 Montgomery Mem. 294 (I baig at my Lord to be keind and loving). 1664 Wemyss Corr. 132 (to beayg the ffauer of ȝour Lordship).

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