(third-person singular simple present vangs, present participle vanging, simple past and past participle vanged)
- (dialectal, as a godparent) To undertake for at the Font; be godfather or godmother to.
From Middle English vangen, southern variant of fangen (“to seize, catch"), from Old English fÅn (“to take, grasp, seize, catch, capture, make prisoner, receive, accept, assume, undertake, meet with, encounter"), and Old Norse fanga (“to fetch, capture"), both from Proto-Germanic *fanhanÄ…, *fangÅnÄ… (“to catch, capture"), from Proto-Indo-European *paá¸±- (“to fasten, place"). Cognate with West Frisian fange (“to catch"), Dutch vangen (“to catch"), German fangen (“to catch"), Danish fange (“to catch"). More at fang.
From Dutch vangen (“to catch").