BEG , n. In the Turkish dominions, a governor of a town or country; more particularly, the lord of a sangiac or banner. Every province is divided into seven sangiacs or banners, each of which qualifies a bey; and these are commanded by the governor of the province, called begler-beg or lord of all the beys. Each beg has the command of a certain number of spahis, or horse, denominated
timariots.In Tunis, the beg or bey is the prince or king, answering to the dey of Algiers.In Egypt, the begs are twelve generals who command the militia, or standing forces of the kingdom.
To ask alms or charity; to practice begging; to live by asking alms.
I can not dig; I am ashamed to beg. – Luke xvi.
BEG, v.t. [Probably contracted from Sw. begära, to ask, desire, crave; Dan. begiærer; Ger. begehren; D. begeeren, which is a compound word: be and gieren, to crave; Sax. geornian, gyrnan, to yearn. In Italian, picaro is a beggar.]
- To ask earnestly; to beseech; to entreat, or supplicate with humility. It implies more urgency than ask or petition.
Joseph begged the body of Jesus. – Matth. xxvii.
- To ask or supplicate in charity; as, we may yet be reduced to beg our bread.
- To take for granted; to assume without proof; as, to beg the question in debate.
- A title of honor in Turkey
and in some other parts of the East; a bey.
- To ask earnestly for; to entreat or supplicate for;
- To ask alms or charity,
especially to ask habitually by the wayside or from house to house; to live
by asking alms.
- To ask for as a charity, esp. to ask for
habitually or from house to house.
- To make petition to; to entreat; as, to
beg a person to grant a favor.
- To take for granted; to assume without
- To ask to be appointed guardian
for, or to ask to have a guardian appointed for.