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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?
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Origin of beggarly

First recorded in 1520–30; beggar + -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM beggarly

beg·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 forms of beggarly

beggarliness, noun
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