Befang Definition


(UK dialectal) To lay hold on; seize; grasp; catch; clutch.

Come here an' I'll befang thee!

Origin of Befang

  • From Middle English befon (past participle befangen), from Old English befōn (“to surround, clasp, include, envelop, encase, clothe, comprehend, seize, attack (at law), lay hold of, catch, ensnare, contain, receive, conceive, explain”), equivalent to be- +‎ fang. Cognate with Dutch bevangen (“to seize”), Middle High German bevān (“to comprehend”).

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