gan

Gan \Gan\, imp. of {Gin}. [See {Gin}, v.] Began; commenced. [1913 Webster] Note: Gan was formerly used with the infinitive to form compound imperfects, as did is now employed. Gan regularly denotes the singular; the plural is usually denoted by gunne or gonne. [1913 Webster] This man gan fall (i.e., fell) in great suspicion. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The little coines to their play gunne hie (i. e., hied). --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Note: Later writers use gan both for singular and plural. [1913 Webster] Yet at her speech their rages gan relent. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]