beggar

beg|gar1 [ˈbegə US -ər] n
1.) someone who lives by asking people for food and money
the beggars on the streets
2.) lucky/lazy/cheeky etc beggar
BrE spoken used when speaking to or about someone you like
'How's Dave?' 'The lucky beggar's in the south of France!'
3.) beggars can't be choosers
used to say that when you have no money or no power to choose, you have to accept whatever you are given
beggar 2
beggar2 v [T]
1.) beggar description/belief
if something beggars description or belief, it is impossible to describe or believe it
They showed a lack of common sense that beggars belief.
2.) literary to make someone very poor
Why should he beggar himself for you?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • beggar — ► NOUN 1) a person who lives by begging for food or money. 2) informal a person of a specified type: lucky beggar! ► VERB ▪ reduce to poverty. ● beggar belief (or description) Cf. ↑beggar description ● …   English terms dictionary

  • beggar — [n1] person asking for charity asker, borrower, bum, deadbeat, hobo, mendicant, panhandler, rustler, scrounger, supplicant, supplicator, tramp, vagabond; concepts 412,423 beggar [n2] person in financial trouble alms person, bankrupt, dependent,… …   New thesaurus

  • beggar — [beg′ər] n. [ME beggere < OFr begard: see BEG] 1. a person who begs, or asks for charity, esp. one who lives by begging; mendicant 2. a person who is very poor; pauper 3. Chiefly Brit. a person; fellow: often used jokingly or affectionately vt …   English World dictionary

  • Beggar — Beg gar, n. [OE. beggere, fr. beg.] 1. One who begs; one who asks or entreats earnestly, or with humility; a petitioner. [1913 Webster] 2. One who makes it his business to ask alms. [1913 Webster] 3. One who is dependent upon others for support;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beggar — Beg gar, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beggared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beggaring}.] 1. To reduce to beggary; to impoverish; as, he had beggared himself. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to seem very poor and inadequate. [1913 Webster] It beggared all… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beggar — index deplete, parasite Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • beggar — I UK [ˈbeɡə(r)] / US [ˈbeɡər] noun [countable] Word forms beggar : singular beggar plural beggars someone who is very poor and lives by asking people for money or food • lucky/lazy/cheeky etc beggar British spoken used in a friendly way for… …   English dictionary

  • beggar —    This is unlikely to have its literal meaning of one who begs when used vocatively. ‘Lucky beggar!’ said to a friend simply means lucky person. ‘You little beggar’ addressed to a child is similar to ‘you little horror’ or ‘you little terror’.… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • beggar — {{11}}beggar (n.) c.1200, from O.Fr. begart, originally a member of the Beghards, lay brothers of mendicants in the Low Countries, from M.Du. beggaert mendicant, of uncertain origin, with pejorative suffix (see ARD (Cf. ard)). Cf. BEGUINE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • beggar — 1 noun (C) 1 someone who lives by asking people for food and money: There s been a huge increase in the number of beggars on London s streets. 2 lucky/lazy/cheeky etc beggar BrE spoken used to describe someone who you think is lucky, lazy etc, in …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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