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beggar

noun beg·gar \ ˈbe-gər \

Definition of beggar

1 :one that begs (see 1beg 1); especially :a person who lives by asking for gifts
2 :pauper
  • … this system only created beggars, completely dependent on outside help …
  • —Darcy Ribeiro
3 :fellow 4c
  • an unlucky beggar

Examples of beggar in a Sentence

  1. I heard you won the contest! You lucky beggar!

  2. the pitiful beggars that are such a common sight in underdeveloped countries

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Origin and Etymology of beggar

Middle English beggere, beggare, from beggen "to 1beg" + -ere, -are 2-er


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beggar

verb

Definition of beggar

beggared; beggaring play \ˈbe-gə-riŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to reduce to poverty or the practice of asking for charity :to reduce to beggary
2 :to exceed the resources or abilities of :defy
  • beggars description
  • so outrageous as to beggar belief

Examples of beggar in a Sentence

  1. Years of civil war had beggared the country.

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Origin and Etymology of beggar

Middle English beggeren, verbal derivative of beggere 1beggar



BEGGAR Defined for Kids

beggar

noun beg·gar \ ˈbe-gər \

Definition of beggar for Students

:a person who lives by begging


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