begon etymology

Middle English word begon comes from English besmirch, English go, Proto-Germanic *bi, Proto-Germanic *umbi ((with accusative) around, about.)

Detailed word origin of begon

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
besmirch English (eng) (transitive) To tarnish something, especially someone's reputation; to debase.. (transitive, literary) To make dirty; to soil.
go English (eng) (cribbage) The situation where a player cannot play a card which will not carry the aggregate count above thirty-one.. (dated) Noisy merriment.. (dated) The fashion or mode.. (obsolete, British slang) A dandy; a fashionable person.. (slang, archaic) A glass of spirits; a quantity of spirits.. (slang, dated) A circumstance or occurrence; an incident.. (uncommon) The act of going.. A period of [...]
*bi Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (with accusative or dative) by, at. (with accusative or dative) near, around.
*umbi Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (with accusative) around, about.
gan Old English (ang) To go.
begān Old English (ang)
begon Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as begon

Descendants of go
gang gangen gong gongen misgang upgang
Descendants of *bi
bebathen beclippen becomen begalewen beleden beliven bereden bereven beseten beshinen beslepen bestanden bewenden bi cause bicaren biclepen biflean biflien bilaughen bilaven bimournen bisorȝen bistreuen blessen
Descendants of *umbi
embe embe- umbe umbe stunde umbe- umbeclosen umbedelven umbegang umbegangen umbegon umbelappen umbelien umben umbesetten umbeshinen umbestounde umbestunde umbethenken umbethinken umbhōn umbsheuen umbsitten umbthringan umgang umthinken