- 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 Wordsmar, impoverish, wreck, overwhelm, injure, shatter, exhaust, demolish, crush, decimate, wrack, deplete, spoil, raze, bankrupt, deface, defile, beggar, reduce, sack
Examples from the Web for beggaring
Over the metropolitan area, the scene was one beggaring description.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
Then, my false friend; and thou would'st end by beggaring me quite.Theocritus
By such maxims as these, however, nations have been taught that their interest consisted in beggaring all their neighbours.
What you greatly need is some one to look after you and your sister and to prevent you from beggaring yourself and her.Dick Merriwell Abroad
Burt L. Standish
Your scheme for beggaring your children, and enriching yourself, clever as it is, is killed in the bud.
- 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 beggaring
"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).