What does beggar mean?

Definitions for beggar
ˈbɛg ərbeg·gar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beggar, mendicantverb

    a pauper who lives by begging

  2. beggarverb

    be beyond the resources of

    "This beggars description!"

  3. beggar, pauperize, pauperiseverb

    reduce to beggary


  1. beggarnoun

    A person who begs.

  2. beggarnoun

    A person suffering from extreme poverty.

  3. beggarverb

    To make a beggar of someone; impoverish.

  4. beggarverb

    To exhaust the resources of; to outdo.

  5. Etymology: From begart, originally a member of the Beghards, a lay brotherhood of mendicants in the Low Countries, from beggaert "mendicant," with pejorative suffix; the order is said to be named after the Liege priest Lambert le Bègue (French for "Lambert the Stammerer"); others claim it's from beggere or beggare, from beggen + -are

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beggarnoun

    Etymology: from beg.

    He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes. 1 Samuel, ii. 8.

    We see the whole equipage of a beggar so drawn by Homer, as even to retain a nobleness and dignity. William Broome, on the Odyssey.

    What subjects will precarious kings regard?
    A beggar speaks too softly to be heard. John Dryden, Conq. of Gran.

    These shameful beggars of principles, who give this precarious account of the original of things, assume to themselves to be men of reason. John Tillotson.

  2. To Beggarverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Whose heavy hand hath bow’d you to the grave,
    And beggar’d your’s for ever. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    They shall spoil the clothiers wool, and beggar the present spinners. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

    If the miser durst his farthings spare,
    With heav’n, for twopence, cheaply wipes his score,
    Lifts up his eyes, and hastes to beggar more. John Gay, Trivia.

    Necessity, of matter beggar’d,
    Will nothing stick our persons to arraign
    In ear and ear. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    For her person,
    It beggar’d all description; she did lie
    In her pavilion, cloth of gold, of tissue,
    O’er-picturing Venus. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.


  1. beggar

    Begging (also panhandling) is the practice of imploring others to grant a favor, often a gift of money, with little or no expectation of reciprocation. A person doing such is called a beggar or panhandler. Beggars may operate in public places such as transport routes, urban parks, and markets. Besides money, they may also ask for food, drinks, cigarettes or other small items. Internet begging is the modern practice of asking people to give money to others via the Internet, rather than in person. Internet begging may encompass requests for help meeting basic needs such as medical care and shelter, as well as requests for people to pay for vacations, school trips, and other things that the beggar wants but cannot comfortably afford.Beggars differ from religious mendicants in that some mendicants do not ask for money. Their subsistence is reciprocated by providing society with various forms of religious service, moral education, and preservation of culture.


  1. beggar

    A beggar is an individual who asks or solicits others, often in public places, for money or food, usually because of poverty or unemployment. This could include those who are homeless or those who use begging as a means of sustaining themselves.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beggarnoun

    one who begs; one who asks or entreats earnestly, or with humility; a petitioner

  2. Beggarnoun

    one who makes it his business to ask alms

  3. Beggarnoun

    one who is dependent upon others for support; -- a contemptuous or sarcastic use

  4. Beggarnoun

    one who assumes in argument what he does not prove

  5. Beggarverb

    to reduce to beggary; to impoverish; as, he had beggared himself

  6. Beggarverb

    to cause to seem very poor and inadequate

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. beggar

    A robber who has lost his nerve--a bandit with a streak of yellow in his ego.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beggar in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beggar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of beggar in a Sentence

  1. Martin Luther King:

    True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

  2. Prakash Adhikari:

    Human beings are unsatisfied beggar.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.

  4. Rudyard Kipling:

    He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

  5. Aristippus:

    It is better to be a beggar than ignorant; for a beggar only wants money, but an ignorant person wants humanity.

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