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beggarly

[ beg-er-lee ]
/ ˈbɛg ər li /
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adjective

like or befitting a beggar.
meanly inadequate: How does he manage on such a beggarly salary?

RELATED WORDS

abject, broke, destitute, down-and-out, inadequate, low, meager, mean, poverty-stricken

Nearby words

beggar-my-neighbor, beggar-my-neighbour, beggar-ticks, beggar-your-neighbor, beggardom, beggarly, beggars can't be choosers, beggarweed, beggary, begging bowl, begging letter

Origin of beggarly

First recorded in 1520–30; beggar + -ly
Related formsbeg·gar·li·ness, nounun·beg·gar·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for beggarly

beggarly

/ (ˈbɛɡəlɪ) /

adjective

meanly inadequate; very poorbeggarly living conditions
Derived Formsbeggarliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beggarly

beggarly


adj.

1520s, from beggar (n.) + -ly (1).

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