verb (used with object)
- beggar description,
- beggar's opera, the,
Origin of beggar
Examples from the Web for beggar
Better to be a beggar in freedom,” he cried out, “than to be forced into compromises against my conscience.
Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief, and all that.
In an interview, Liang said, “Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar.”
The landays in I Am the Beggar of the World are sung only when men are absent.
I am the Beggar of the World is a book of poems, war reportage, and photographs.
Who knows where he may be wandering as a beggar among people who speak another tongue?
"Well, I'm not a beggar and I'm not hinting for your money," flared Beryl.Red-Robin|Jane Abbott
Czipra filled her hand and began to search among the mass for the smallest copper, a kreutzer,76 as the correct alms for a beggar.Debts of Honor|Maurus Jkai
Every one indeed knew that he had a liaison with a beggar woman, to whom he gave ten kopecks every six months.The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia|Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Imagine the princess to be that child, and the stone a loaf that she would fain give to feed a beggar.Uarda, Complete|Georg Ebers
c.1200, from Old French begart, originally a member of the Beghards, lay brothers of mendicants in the Low Countries, from Middle Dutch beggaert "mendicant," of uncertain origin, with pejorative suffix (see -ard). Cf. Beguine. Early folk etymology connected the English word with bag. Form with -ar attested from 14c., but begger was more usual 15c.-17c. The feminine form beggestere is attested as a surname from c.1300. Beggar's velvet was an old name for "dust bunnies." "Beggers should be no choosers" is in Heywood (1562).
"reduce to poverty," mid-15c., from beggar (n.). Related: Beggared; beggaring. Figurative use by 1640s.