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)



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  • "Gordon, a shy boy of about seventeen, was betrothed to a Quaker girl from Woolam's Mill; he'd been round the day before to 'thig'—beg small bits of household goods in preparation for his marriage."
    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 699

    February 3, 2010