(used as a euphemism for by God):
It’s a fine day, begorra.
Thin, begorra, yez may as well get off the car an’ fire away at wanst.
Sporting Society, Vol. I (of 2) Various
begorra, you’re wilcome to no more watermillons, ye’ll find!
The Universal Reciter Various
The man for whose benefit the narrative was told smoked his pipe stolidly, and answered, ‘begorra, but it must be cold up there!’
The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
Whin we get the Bill every man can take a shpade, an’ begorra!
Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
An’ we’ll do our duty av we nivver do anything ilse, begorra!
Frank Merriwell’s Bravery Burt L. Standish
begorra, your honour, it’s a good dhrink ye’ll have to give me for this day’s work.’
Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
Some one was washing my face, and saying: “And begorra, it is far from being finished you are, me good man.”
The Flying Bo’sun Arthur Mason
“begorra, I’m willn’,” cried Kerry, grasping at the mediation.
The O’Donoghue Charles James Lever
Ach, begorra, I dunno except for the same raisin that a fish hasn’t no horns!
From the Bottom Up Alexander Irvine
That’s my way of looking at it, so, begorra, eight guns equal eighty.
Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser Walter Fenton Mott
an emphatic exclamation, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
1839, antiquated Anglo-Irish form of expletive By God.
interjection (archaic, slang) an emphatic exclamation Historical Examples I pathrolled for tin minutes, an’ begad, before ’twas over, I blushed. Soldier Stories Rudyard Kipling I’ve had thirty years of it and, begad, I’d like to go back again. The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition Rudyard Kipling Your London girls would give many a […]
simple past tense of begin. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start: The story begins with their marriage. to come into existence; arise; originate: The custom began during the Civil War. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of (some action): Begin the job tomorrow. to […]
compulsory labor, as for the repair of bridges or roads. Historical Examples Now ick sall revange; hay, begar, me sal tartar de whole generation! The Works of John Marston John Marston begar excellent vel: and if you speake pour moy, I shall procure you de gesse of all de gentlemen mon patinces. The Merry Wives […]
simple past tense of beget. genealogical lists, especially those in the Old Testament. (especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring). to cause; produce as an effect: a belief that power begets power. Contemporary Examples And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The Story of Noah’s […]