Beggar

[b_ˈɛ_ɡ_ə], [bˈɛɡə], [bˈɛɡə]

Definitions of beggar:

  1.   One who begs; one who asks or entreats earnestly, or with humility; a petitioner.
  2.   One who assumes in argument what he does not prove.
  3.   One who makes it his business to ask alms.
  4.   Beggarliness.
  5.   One who is dependent upon others for support; - a contemptuous or sarcastic use.
  6.   To reduce to beggary; to exhaust. Beggar- my- neighbour, a juvenile game with cards.
  7.   To reduce to poverty.
  8.   One who requests alms; a destitute person.
  9.   be beyond the resources of; " This beggars description!"
  10.   To cause to seem very poor and inadequate.
  11.   One who begs: one who lives by begging.
  12.   To take everything away from; to use up all the possibilities of; as, the horrors of a battlefield beggar description.
  13.   One who lives by begging; one reduced to complete poverty; one who takes for granted what he does not prove.
  14.   reduce to beggary
  15.   To reduce to beggary: to exhaust.
  16.   To reduce to want; impoverish.
  17.   One who asks with humility; one who makes it his business to ask for alms; one who is reduced to extreme poverty.
  18.   a pauper who lives by begging
  19.   To reduce to beggary.
  20.   To reduce to beggary; to impoverish; as, he had beggared himself.
  21.   One much reduced in circumstances; one who assumes what he does not prove; one who is poor and asks charity.

Antonyms for beggar:

fat cat, silk stocking, croesus, have, plutocrat, moneybags, capitalist, money, deep pocket.


Quotes for beggar:

  1. Indeed I did not stand as a beggar at the Parliament door, for I never was at the Parliament -House, nor stood I ever at the door as I do know or can remember; not as a petitioner I am sure. – Margaret Cavendish
  2. I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married. – Elizabeth I
  3. Better a living beggar than a buried emperor. – Jean de La Fontaine
  4. When you share your last crust of bread with a beggar you mustn't behave as if you were throwing a bone to a dog. You must give humbly, and thank him for allowing you to have a part in his hunger. – Giovanni Guareschi
  5. I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt. – Ben Hecht
  6. The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance. – Don Herold
  7. He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors. – Rudyard Kipling
  8. There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything. – Karl Kraus
  9. The beggar wears all colors fearing none. – Charles Lamb
  10. Is an artist much more than a beggar – Clara Schumann

Usage examples for beggar:

  1. “ I see now- what we call a rich man is a beggar in America. ” – Stories and Pictures by Isaac Loeb Peretz
  2. What became of the beggar – The Mayor of Troy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  3. The slaves, mistaking her for a beggar were about to drive her away when Laeta Acilia, recognising her at the first glance, rose and ran towards her. ” – Balthasar And Other Works - 1909 by Anatole France
  4. “ I saw by the look in the old man's eyes that I had not done the right thing, coming in that way with a baby in my arms, like a beggar – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  5. When I married him he said I should ride in my carriage; and if he's been a fool, why should I be a beggar – Trumps by George William Curtis
  6. I've got this angel to admit that she loved me- me, a beggar more than a beggar – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  7. Wonderful how they chase a beggar down, isn't it? ” – Neighbours by Robert Stead
  8. “ I am almost a beggar – Vittoria, v8 by George Meredith
  9. What a restless beggar you are! ” – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  10. “ " My child, I am a poor man; as poor as a beggar – Landolin by Berthold Auerbach
  11. What on earth could the little beggar have meant? ” – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  12. “ " Never fear, Yvonne, Beggar Princess," replied King Ironheart with his cruel smile. ” – The Green Forest Fairy Book by Loretta Ellen Brady
  13. On a beggar it will never fall. ” – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  14. When the third begins-" A beggar child,"- the speaker indicates a sudden interest, " let's hear this third!" ” – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  15. It's little that was thought of our dresses beside what she had on; and there wasn't a man at the church, from the king to the beggar but was trying to look at her and know who she was." ” – Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin
  16. “ I say it again, a beggar who looks me in the face, and talks as you do. ” – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  17. “ " And it will be you, Toulan, who will have saved the King of France," whispered the beggar – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
  18. “ To anger him, would be to make myself a beggar – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  19. The Beggar Man smiled. ” – The Beggar Man by Ruby Mildred Ayres
  20. “ " You are a little beggar you mean? ” – Findelkind by Louise de la Ramee (AKA Ouida)

Rhymes for beggar:

  • egger, greger, gregor, jaeger;
  • macgregor, mcgregor;

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