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beggar

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noun beg·gar \ˈbe-gər\

Definition of beggar

  1. 1 :  one that begs (see 1beg 1); especially :  a person who lives by asking for gifts

  2. 2 :  pauper … this system only created beggars, completely dependent on outside help … — Darcy Ribeiro

  3. 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

Origin and Etymology of beggar

Middle English beggere, beggare, from beggen “to beg” + -ere, -are 2-er


First Known Use: 13th century


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beggar

verb beg·gar

Definition of beggar

beggared

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beggaring

play \ˈbe-gə-riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce to poverty or the practice of asking for charity :  to reduce to beggary

  3. 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.

Origin and Etymology of beggar

Middle English beggeren, verbal derivative of beggere 1beggar


First Known Use: 15th century



BEGGAR Defined for Kids

beggar

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noun beg·gar \ˈbe-gər\

Definition of beggar for Students

  1. :  a person who lives by begging



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