beg·​gar·​ly ˈbe-gər-lē How to pronounce beggarly (audio)
: contemptibly mean, scant, petty, or paltry
: befitting or resembling a beggar
especially : marked by extreme poverty
beggarliness noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web The aerial railway carried its last rider in 1937, and the fare was a beggarly two Depression-era dollars. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of beggarly was in 1526

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“Beggarly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


beg·​gar·​ly ˈbeg-ər-lē How to pronounce beggarly (audio)
: measly
beggarliness noun
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