from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To beseech; supplicate; implore.
- v. To solicit, usually by begging; ask as alms; beg.
- v. To make supplication.
- v. To profit by or live on the gifts of others.
- v. To take alms.
- v. To crave; seek (a favour).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beseech; supplicate; implore: especially, to ask as alms; beg. Compare thigger.
- To make supplication; specifically, to profit by or live on the gifts of others; take alms. See the quotation under sorn.
From Middle English thiggen, from Old English þicgan ("to take, receive, accept; ingest; eat or drink, consume, partake of"), from Proto-Germanic *þigjanan (“to accept, receive, beg”), from Proto-Indo-European *tek-, *teḱ- (“to receive”). Cognate with German digen ("to beg, implore, beseech"), Swedish tigga ("to beg, mooch"), Icelandic þiggja ("to get, receive, accept"), Welsh teg ("fair, beautiful, cute"). (Wiktionary)