beggarly

adjective
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

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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

First Known Use of beggarly

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beggarly. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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beggarly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of beggarly

formal : very small or poor

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