Beggar meaning

bĕgər
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One who solicits alms for a living.
noun
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To make a beggar of; impoverish.
verb
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The definition of a beggar is a person who asks people for money or gifts to sustain himself, or is a person who is extremely poor.

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.

noun
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A man or a boy.
noun
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To exceed the limits, resources, or capabilities of.

Beauty that beggars description.

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A person who begs, or asks for charity, esp. one who lives by begging; mendicant.
noun
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To render (one's ability to do something) ultimately inadequate or pointless.

Her dazzling beauty beggars description; your outrageous story beggars belief.

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An impoverished person; a pauper.
noun
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A person who begs.
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To make a beggar of someone; impoverish.
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To exhaust the resources of; to outdo.
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A person who is very poor; pauper.
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A person; fellow.
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To make a beggar of; make poor.
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A person suffering from extreme poverty.
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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 Wiktionary

  • From Middle English beggere, beggare, beggar (“beggar”), from beggen (“to beg”), equivalent to beg +‎ -er.

    From Wiktionary