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beggar

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noun beg·gar \ˈbe-gər\

Definition of beggar

  1. 1 :  one that begs; especially :  a person who lives by asking for gifts

  2. 2 :  pauper

  3. 3 :  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


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beggar

verb beg·gar

Definition of beggar

beg·garedbeg·gar·ing play \ˈbe-gə-riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce to beggary

  3. 2 :  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.



15th Century

First Known Use of beggar

15th century




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