noun \ˈbe-gər\

: a person who lives by begging for money, food, etc.

: a person who is regarded as lucky, unlucky, lazy, etc.

Full Definition of BEGGAR

:  one that begs; especially :  a person who lives by asking for gifts
:  pauper
:  fellow 4c

Examples of BEGGAR

  1. I heard you won the contest! You lucky beggar!
  2. <the pitiful beggars that are such a common sight in underdeveloped countries>

Origin of BEGGAR

Middle English beggere, beggare, from beggen to beg + -ere, -are 2-er
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with BEGGAR



: to make (someone or something) very poor

—used in the phrases beggar belief and beggar description to talk about something that is very difficult to believe or describe

beg·garedbeg·gar·ing \ˈbe-gə-riŋ\

Full Definition of BEGGAR

transitive verb
:  to reduce to beggary
:  to exceed the resources or abilities of :  defy <beggars description> <so outrageous as to beggar belief>

Examples of BEGGAR

  1. Years of civil war had beggared the country.

First Known Use of BEGGAR

15th century


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