- to reduce to utter poverty; impoverish: The family had been beggared by the war.
- to cause one's resources of or ability for (description, comparison, etc.) to seem poor or inadequate: The costume beggars description.
Origin of beggar
Related Words for beggaredneedy, penniless, impoverished, destitute, poverty-stricken, poor, underprivileged, disadvantaged, indigent, meager, low, strapped, distressed, insolvent, bankrupt, exhausted, barren, mar, impoverish, wreck
Examples from the Web for beggared
Contemporary Examples of beggared
Immigration and tax policy are just as beggared and threadbare and awful.Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush & the Politics of Exhaustion
April 7, 2014
Historical Examples of beggared
If I have squandered his fortune, he has beggared me in reputation.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
Not a passing glance was turned from the board to look after the beggared gambler.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
"If I gave you that, it would leave me beggared," he said gravely.Nell, of Shorne Mills
It wasn't exactly "beggared" a one that he said, but that is near enough.The Shellback's Progress
The result was, his principal was beggared, and Joslin rose on his ruins.
- a person who begs, esp one who lives by begging
- a person who has no money or resources; pauper
- ironic, jocular, mainly British fellowlucky beggar!
- to be beyond the resources of (esp in the phrase to beggar description)
- to impoverish; reduce to begging
Word Origin and History for beggared
"reduce to poverty," mid-15c., from beggar (n.). Related: Beggared; beggaring. Figurative use by 1640s.
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).