The origin of the word “beagle” is uncertain, although it has been suggested that the word derives from the French begueule (meaning “open throat”, or more colloquially, “loudmouth”) or from an Old English, French, or Welsh term beag, meaning “small.” Other possibilities include the French beugler (meaning “to bellow”) and the German begele (meaning “to scold”).

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  1. Thou has forgotten the most (to my mind) plausable antecedent: Begle, French, meaning “worthless” or “of little value”.

    Damn freeloaders.

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