An example of a beggar is someone who stands on the street corner with a sign asking for money.
An example of a beggar is a homeless person.
Beauty that beggars description.
Her dazzling beauty beggars description; your outrageous story beggars belief.
Origin of beggar
- Middle English from Old French begart ultimately from Middle Dutch beggaert one who rattles off prayers
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Alternative etymology derives beggar from Old French begart, originally a member of the Beghards, a lay brotherhood of mendicants in the Low Countries, from Middle Dutch beggaert (“mendicant”), with pejorative suffix (see -ard); the order is said to be named after the priest Lambert le Bègue of Liège (French for “Lambert the Stammerer”).
- From Middle English beggere, beggare, beggar (“beggar”), from beggen (“to beg”), equivalent to beg + -er.