from The Century Dictionary.

  • A sort of exclamatory oath, employed to give weight to a statement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection archaic An expression of surprise, shock etc.


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  • 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.

    The Heavenly Twins

  • "begad" on the birth of her first son when she also called "Gad"

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • He was drunk last night, and challenged me to fight him, Pen; and, begad, at one time

    The History of Pendennis

  • “Only one, begad, in the world!” said the General, delighted, and the lady gave him a tap with a large bouquet which she had.

    Vanity Fair

  • 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.

    The History of Pendennis

  • 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

    The History of Pendennis

  • When I roused myself, begad, she was still going on.

    The Newcomes

  • 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).

    Finnegans Wake

  • In business, begad, there are no friends and no enemies at all.

    The Newcomes

  • Your London girls would give many a guinea for a bouquet like that — natural flowers, begad!

    The History of Pendennis


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