Beg vs Beget - What's the difference?

beg | beget |

As a noun beg

is .

As a verb beget is

to cause; to produce.



(wikipedia beg)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), assimilation from (etyl) *.


  • to request the help of someone, often in the form of money
  • He begged on the street corner from passers-by.
  • to plead with someone for help, a favor, etc.; to entreat
  • I beg your pardon. I didn't mean to cause offence.
    He begged her to go to the prom with him .
  • * Shakespeare
  • I do beg your good will in this case.
  • * Bible, Matthew xxvii. 58
  • [Joseph] begged the body of Jesus.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 5
  • But that same day came Sam Tewkesbury to the Why Not? about nightfall, and begged a glass of rum, being, as he said, 'all of a shake'
  • to assume, in the phrase (beg the question)
  • (proscribed) to raise a question, in the phrase (beg the question)
  • (legal, obsolete) To ask to be appointed guardian for, or to ask to have a guardian appointed for.
  • * Harrington
  • Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
    Usage notes
    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See
    * (raise a question)
    Derived terms
    * beg the question * go begging * beg to differ

    See also


    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m).


    (en noun)
  • a provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey
  • Etymology 3




  • To cause; to produce.
  • To father (rarely: to mother); to sire; to produce (a child).
  • To happen to; befall.
  • Quotations

    * , Genesis 5:3 *: And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: * {{quote-web, date=2012-02-01 , author=Kathy Gilbert, title=Pitching In, site=Chatter Chattanooga citation , passage=Rugby football was created in the early 1800s at England’s all-boys Rugby School. The sport begat American football, Gaelic football, Australian rules football and Association football (aka soccer).}}

    See also

    * sire


    * * English irregular verbs