What begs


begging (German) [edit]

Verb [edit]

Word separation:

begging, simple past: begging, participle II: begging


IPA: [ˈbɛtl̩n]
Audio samples: beg (Info)
Rhymes: -ɛtl̩n


[1] imploringly to ask for something; imploring someone to give him something free of charge (which may be needed to survive)

Sense releated words:

[1] scrounge


[1] During the day begged he in the pedestrian zone.
He (the political scientist and ethnologist Peter Kenzelmann) hired a team of historians and museum managers, found a bank to finance and begged with people to leave him all sorts of East Germans for the museum.[1]
[1] [Farmer woman Fran Ha Thi Qui on the Mỹ Lai massacre]: "When the Americans came, my husband was in the rice field with the cows. I was at home with my child," reports the now 75-year-old. "Suddenly they were shooting wildly. I was shot. My child was there. He begged for his life, but without success. It was so cruel. "[2]
[1] There are 30 children standing behind the wire fence. "Gimme chocolate", they ask the 27-year-old. "You begged not, they just asked for chocolate, "he [US raisin bomber pilot Gail S. Halvorsen] remembers.[3]
[1] “Emaciated figures on the streets of Vienna. Women, children, old people begged rummaged in the garbage for something to eat. "[4]

Characteristic word combinations:

[1] a homeless manbegs for almsbeg, to get an autographbeg, about breadbeg, for admissionbeg, to feedbeg, for (mild) giftsbeg, for mercybeg, for changebeg, for pitybeg, about foodbeg, for forgivenessbeg, about affectionbeg
[1] downrightbeg for something, in vainbeg about something

Word formations:

poor beggar; Begging, begging mafia, beggars, begging

Translations [edit]

References and further information:

[1] Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm: German dictionary. 16 volumes in 32 sub-volumes. Leipzig 1854–1961 "begging"
[1] Digital dictionary of the German language "begging"
[1] University of Leipzig: Vocabulary portal "beg"
[1] The Free Dictionary "begging"


  1. Mathis Winkler: Culture - dispute over the everyday GDR. A new museum in Berlin deals with everyday GDR culture. What an important preoccupation with the former other Germany means for some, see others as the belittling of a brutal dictatorship. In: German wave. July 18, 2006 (URL, accessed July 18, 2015).
  2. Daniel Scheschkewitz: Politics - My Lai: 40 years after the massacre. The massacre of American soldiers of Vietnamese civilians in My Lai on March 16, 1968 is one of the most cruel in modern war history. It was unique and yet not an isolated incident. In: German wave. March 16, 2008 (URL, accessed July 18, 2015).
  3. Marie Death Cinema: America - The hero of the Berlin Airlift. Chocolate for the "kids" of West Berlin: during the Airlift, a US pilot threw candy from his plane. For this, the children adore him from then until today. DW met the "raisin bomber". In: German wave. July 19, 2013 (URL, accessed July 18, 2015).
  4. Katharina Adler: Ida. Novel. 1st edition. Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2018, ISBN 978-3-498-00093-6, page 188.