: contemptibly mean, scant, petty, or paltry
: befitting or resembling a beggar; especially : marked by extreme poverty
— beg·gar·li·ness noun
Examples of BEGGARLY
- She received a beggarly sum for her efforts.
- <the dictator and his inner circle lived in unconscionable luxury while the beggarly masses eked out a pitiful existence>
First Known Use of BEGGARLY
Related to BEGGARLY
- beggared, poor, broke, destitute, dirt-poor, down-and-out, famished, hard up, impecunious, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needful, needy, pauperized, penniless, penurious, poverty-stricken, skint [chiefly British], threadbare
- affluent, deep-pocketed, fat, fat-cat, flush, moneyed (also monied), opulent, rich, silk-stocking, wealthy, well-heeled, well-off, well-to-do
Learn More About BEGGARLY
Seen & Heard
What made you want to look up beggarly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).