Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • n. An illusion; trick; cheat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • n. An illusion; a trick; a cheat.

Etymologies

Perhaps from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I circumvented them --- I played at bogle about the bush wi 'them --- I cajoled them; and if I havena gien Inch-Grabbit and Jamie Howie a bonnie begunk, they ken themselves.

    The Waverley

  • I circumvented them -- I played at bogle about the bush wi 'them -- I cajoled them; and if I havena gien Inch-Grabbit and Jamie Howie a bonnie begunk, they ken themselves.

    Waverley: or, 'Tis sixty years since

  • I circumvented them -- I played at bogle about the bush wi 'them -- I cajolled them; and if I havena gien Inch-Grabbit and Jamie Howie a bonnie begunk, they ken themselves.

    Waverley

  • I circumvented them — I played at bogle about the bush wi’ them — I cajolled them; and if I havena gien Inch – Grabbit and Jamie Howie a bonnie begunk, they ken themselves.

    Waverley

  • "What else -- but they got an unco begunk [cheat].

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

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