Beggar Definition

bĕgər
beggars
noun
beggars
One who solicits alms for a living.
American Heritage
A person who begs, or asks for charity, esp. one who lives by begging; mendicant.
Webster's New World
An impoverished person; a pauper.
American Heritage
A person who is very poor; pauper.
Webster's New World
A man or a boy.
American Heritage
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verb
beggars
To make a beggar of; impoverish.
American Heritage
To make a beggar of; make poor.
Webster's New World
To exceed the limits, resources, or capabilities of.
Beauty that beggars description.
American Heritage
To render (one's ability to do something) ultimately inadequate or pointless.
Her dazzling beauty beggars description; your outrageous story beggars belief.
Webster's New World

To make a beggar of someone; impoverish.

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Other Word Forms of Beggar

Noun

Singular:
beggar
Plural:
beggars

Origin of Beggar

  • 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

  • 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

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