Definition of beggarly
1 : contemptibly mean, scant, petty, or paltry
2 : befitting or resembling a beggar; especially : marked by extreme poverty
Examples of beggarly in a sentence
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
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BEGGARLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beggarly for English Language Learners
: very small or poor
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