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beg·gar

 (bĕg′ər)
n.
1. One who solicits alms for a living.
2. An impoverished person; a pauper.
3. Informal A man or a boy.
tr.v. beg·gared, beg·gar·ing, beg·gars
1. To make a beggar of; impoverish.
2. To exceed the limits, resources, or capabilities of: beauty that beggars description.

[Middle English, from Old French begart, ultimately from Middle Dutch beggaert, one who rattles off prayers.]

beggar

(ˈbɛɡə)
n
1. a person who begs, esp one who lives by begging
2. a person who has no money or resources; pauper
3. ironic jocular chiefly Brit fellow: lucky beggar!.
vb (tr)
4. to be beyond the resources of (esp in the phrase to beggar description)
5. to impoverish; reduce to begging
ˈbeggarˌhood, ˈbeggardom n

beg•gar

(ˈbɛg ər)
n.
1. a person who begs alms or lives by begging.
2. a penniless person.
3. a rascal; rogue.
4. a person; fellow.
v.t.
5. to reduce to utter poverty; impoverish.
6. to cause to seem inadequate; exhaust the resources of.
[1175–1225]
beg′gar•hood`, n.

beggar


Past participle: beggared
Gerund: beggaring

Imperative
beggar
beggar
Present
I beggar
you beggar
he/she/it beggars
we beggar
you beggar
they beggar
Preterite
I beggared
you beggared
he/she/it beggared
we beggared
you beggared
they beggared
Present Continuous
I am beggaring
you are beggaring
he/she/it is beggaring
we are beggaring
you are beggaring
they are beggaring
Present Perfect
I have beggared
you have beggared
he/she/it has beggared
we have beggared
you have beggared
they have beggared
Past Continuous
I was beggaring
you were beggaring
he/she/it was beggaring
we were beggaring
you were beggaring
they were beggaring
Past Perfect
I had beggared
you had beggared
he/she/it had beggared
we had beggared
you had beggared
they had beggared
Future
I will beggar
you will beggar
he/she/it will beggar
we will beggar
you will beggar
they will beggar
Future Perfect
I will have beggared
you will have beggared
he/she/it will have beggared
we will have beggared
you will have beggared
they will have beggared
Future Continuous
I will be beggaring
you will be beggaring
he/she/it will be beggaring
we will be beggaring
you will be beggaring
they will be beggaring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been beggaring
you have been beggaring
he/she/it has been beggaring
we have been beggaring
you have been beggaring
they have been beggaring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been beggaring
you will have been beggaring
he/she/it will have been beggaring
we will have been beggaring
you will have been beggaring
they will have been beggaring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been beggaring
you had been beggaring
he/she/it had been beggaring
we had been beggaring
you had been beggaring
they had been beggaring
Conditional
I would beggar
you would beggar
he/she/it would beggar
we would beggar
you would beggar
they would beggar
Past Conditional
I would have beggared
you would have beggared
he/she/it would have beggared
we would have beggared
you would have beggared
they would have beggared
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beggar - a pauper who lives by beggingbeggar - a pauper who lives by begging  
beggarman - a man who is a beggar
beggarwoman - a woman who is a beggar
cadger, mooch, moocher, scrounger - someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)
panhandler - a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money
pauper - a person who is very poor
sannyasi, sannyasin, sanyasi - a Hindu religious mendicant
Verb1.beggar - be beyond the resources of; "This beggars description!"
resist, defy, refuse - elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation"
2.beggar - reduce to beggarybeggar - reduce to beggary      
impoverish - make poor

beggar

noun
1. tramp, bankrupt, bum (informal), derelict, drifter, down-and-out, pauper, vagrant, hobo (chiefly U.S.), vagabond, bag lady (chiefly U.S.), dosser (Brit. slang), starveling Now I am a beggar, having lost everything except life.
verb
1. defy, challenge, defeat, frustrate, foil, baffle, thwart, withstand, surpass, elude, repel The statistics beggar belief.

beggar

noun
1. One who begs habitually or for a living:
Informal: panhandler.
Slang: bummer, moocher.
2. An impoverished person:
3. One who humbly entreats:
Translations
شَحّاد، مُتَسَوِّلمُتَسَوِّليُفْقِر، يَجْعَلُهُ فَقيرا
žebrákožebračit
tiggergøre til tigger
kerjäläinenköyhäköyhdyttääköyhtyäkeppikerjäläinen
prosjakprosjakinjasiromah
kolduskoldusbotra juttat
betlarigera öreiga, setja á hausinn
乞食
거지
ožobráčiť
berač
tiggare
ขอทาน
dilencidilenciye çevirmekfakirleştirmek
người ăn xin

beggar

[ˈbegəʳ]
A. N
1.mendigo/a m/f, pordiosero/a m/f
beggars can't be choosersa buen hambre no hay pan duro
2. (= fellow) → tío/a m/f
lucky beggar!¡qué suerte tiene el tío/la tía!
poor little beggar!¡pobrecito!
B. VT
1. (= ruin) → arruinar
2. (fig) (= exceed) → excederse a
it beggars descriptiones imposible describirlo
it beggars beliefresulta totalmente inverosímil

beggar

[ˈbɛgər]
nmendiant(e) m/f
vt
(= bankrupt) → ruiner
(= defy) to beggar belief → défier la raison
to beggar description → défier toute descriptionbegging bowl [ˈbɛgɪŋ] nsébile f
to hold out a begging bowl (mainly British)tendre la sébilebegging letter [ˈbɛgɪŋ] n (mainly British)lettre f sollicitant de l'argent

beggar

n
Bettler(in) m(f); beggars can’t be choosers (prov) → in der Not frisst der Teufel Fliegen (prov), → wer arm dran ist, kann nicht wählerisch sein
(Brit inf) → Kerl m (inf); poor beggar!armer Kerl! (inf), → armes Schwein! (inf); a lucky beggarein Glückspilz m; a funny little beggarein drolliges Kerlchen; (= girl)ein drolliger Fratz
vt
(= make poor)an den Bettelstab bringen
(fig) to beggar descriptionjeder Beschreibung (gen)spotten; to beggar beliefnicht zu fassen sein

beggar

:
beggarman
n (old)Bettler m, → Bettelmann m (old)
beggar-my-neighbour, beggar-your-neighbour
n (Cards) Kartenspiel, bei dem der gewinnt, der zum Schluss alle Karten hat
beggarwoman
n (old)Bettlerin f, → Bettelfrau f (old)

beggar

[ˈbɛgəʳ]
1. nmendicante m/f
lucky beggar! (fam) → che fortuna sfacciata!
poor beggar! (fam) → povero diavolo!
beggars can't be choosers → o mangiar questa minestra o saltar dalla finestra
2. vt (ruin) → ridurre sul lastrico or in miseria
it beggars description → è indescrivibile

beg

(beg) past tense, past participle begged verb
1. to ask (someone) for (money, food etc). The old man was so poor that he had to beg in the street; He begged (me) for money.
2. to ask (someone) desperately or earnestly. I beg you not to do it.
ˈbeggar noun
a person who lives by begging. The beggar asked for money for food.
verb
to make very poor. He was beggared by the collapse of his firm.
beggar description
to be so great in some way that it cannot be described. Her beauty beggars description.
beg to differ
to disagree. You may think that he should get the job but I beg to differ.

beggar

مُتَسَوِّل žebrák tigger Bettler επαίτης mendigo kerjäläinen mendiant prosjak mendicante 乞食 거지 bedelaar tigger żebrak mendigo попрошайка tiggare ขอทาน dilenci người ăn xin 乞丐
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