beg·​gar·​ly | \ ˈbe-gər-lē How to pronounce beggarly (audio) \

Definition of beggarly

1 : contemptibly mean, scant, petty, or paltry
2 : befitting or resembling a beggar especially : marked by extreme poverty

Other Words from beggarly

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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First Known Use of beggarly

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beggarly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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