- Of, relating to, or befitting a beggar; very poor: a beggarly existence in the slums.
- So mean, petty, or paltry as to deserve contempt.
(comparative beggarlier, superlative beggarliest)
(comparative more beggarly, superlative most beggarly)
- In an indigent, mean, or despicable manner; in the manner of a beggar.
- All this also did not bear its full frOit till later times, but by the 17th century it had made Spain one of the two most beggarly nations in Europe the other being Portugal.
- What man but a philosopher would not be ashamed to see his furniture packed in a cart and going up country exposed to the light of heaven and the eyes of men, a beggarly account of empty boxes?
- Therefore the French government strove to unite the beggarly settlements in Canada and Louisiana by setting up posts all along the Ohio and the Mississippi, in order to confine the English between the Alleghanies and the sea.
- Sometimes Ulysses is represented as aged and worn by toil, so that Penelope, for instance, cannot recognize him; sometimes he is really in the prime of heroic vigour, and his appearing as a beggarly old man is the work of Athena's wand.