Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A sort of exclamatory oath, employed to give weight to a statement.
- interj. archaic An expression of surprise, shock etc.
“There were four persons in the room, that poor old "begad" major, who could not ride, and Captain Bartlet, both hastily summoned from the depôt evidently, and still in mess dress; Dr. James in ordinary morning costume, with a covert coat on; and Evadne herself in a black evening dress, open at the throat.”
“begad" on the birth of her first son when she also called "Gad”
“In business, begad, there are no friends and no enemies at all.”
“When I roused myself, begad, she was still going on.”
““Only one, begad, in the world!” said the General, delighted, and the lady gave him a tap with a large bouquet which she had.”
“BUTT (who in the cushlows of his goodsforseeking hoarth, ever fondlinger of his pimple spurk, is a niallist of the ninth homestages, the babybell in his baggutstract upper going off allatwanst, begad, lest he should challenge himself, beygoad, till angush).”
“Your London girls would give many a guinea for a bouquet like that — natural flowers, begad!”
“I have scarcely ever heard anything equal to her, and her pronunciation of every language — begad, of every language — seems to me to be perfect; and the best houses in London must open before a young lady who has such talents, and, allow an old fellow to say, Miss”
“He was drunk last night, and challenged me to fight him, Pen; and, begad, at one time”
“You have got yourself a little reputation by your literary talents, which I am very far from undervaluing, though in my time, begad, poetry and genius and that sort of thing were devilish disreputable.”
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