beggarly


beg·gar·ly

adjective \ˈbe-gər-lē\

: very small or poor

Full Definition of BEGGARLY

1
:  contemptibly mean, scant, petty, or paltry
2
:  befitting or resembling a beggar; especially :  marked by extreme poverty
beg·gar·li·ness noun

Examples of BEGGARLY

  1. She received a beggarly sum for her efforts.
  2. <the dictator and his inner circle lived in unconscionable luxury while the beggarly masses eked out a pitiful existence>

First Known Use of BEGGARLY

1526

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