beggarly

[beg-er-lee]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. beggar-my-neighbor,
  2. beggar-my-neighbour,
  3. beggar-ticks,
  4. beggar-your-neighbor,
  5. beggardom,
  6. beggars can't be choosers,
  7. beggarweed,
  8. beggary,
  9. begging bowl,
  10. 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

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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