beggarly


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beg·gar·ly

 (bĕg′ər-lē)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or befitting a beggar; very poor: a beggarly existence in the slums.
2. So mean, petty, or paltry as to deserve contempt.

beg′gar·li·ness n.

beggarly

(ˈbɛɡəlɪ)
adj
meanly inadequate; very poor: beggarly living conditions.
ˈbeggarliness n

beg•gar•ly

(ˈbɛg ər li)

adj.
1. like or befitting a beggar.
2. meanly inadequate: a beggarly salary.
[1520–30]
beg′gar•li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.beggarly - marked by poverty befitting a beggarbeggarly - marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut"
poor - characterized by or indicating poverty; "the country had a poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town"
2.beggarly - (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contemptbeggarly - (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
stingy, ungenerous - unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"

beggarly

adjective
Translations

beggarly

[ˈbegəlɪ] ADJmiserable

beggarly

adjkümmerlich

beggarly

[ˈbɛgəlɪ] adj (amount) → misero/a, irrisorio/a; (existence) → miserabile; (salary) → da fame
References in classic literature ?
Many people say that for a male person, bric-a-brac hunting is about as robust a business as making doll-clothes, or decorating Japanese pots with decalcomanie butterflies would be, and these people fling mud at the elegant Englishman, Byng, who wrote a book called THE BRIC-A-BRAC HUNTER, and make fun of him for chasing around after what they choose to call "his despicable trifles"; and for "gushing" over these trifles; and for exhibiting his "deep infantile delight" in what they call his "tuppenny collection of beggarly trivialities"; and for beginning his book with a picture of himself seated, in a "sappy, self-complacent attitude, in the midst of his poor little ridiculous bric-a-brac junk shop.
Reed says if I have any, they must be a beggarly set: I should not like to go a begging.
And I pray that he may break your neck: take him, and he damned, you beggarly interloper
The foreigner came here poor, beggarly, cringing, and subservient, ready to doff his cap to the meanest native of the household.
There is likewise a kind of beggarly princes in Europe, not able to make war by themselves, who hire out their troops to richer nations, for so much a day to each man; of which they keep three-fourths to themselves, and it is the best part of their maintenance: such are those in many northern parts of Europe.
That I posed as such a hero to you, and now you would see me in a wretched torn dressing-gown, beggarly, loathsome.
I, the offspring of a noble family, who placed reliance upon your friendship--I was near dying of my wounds at first, and of hunger afterward, in a beggarly inn at Chantilly, without you ever deigning once to reply to the burning letters I addressed to you.
you thought to make us, unhappy strangers, trot at the heels of your processions, like so many lazzaroni, because no carriages or horses are to be had in your beggarly city.
Queen Penelope," answered Eurymachus, "we do not suppose that this man will take you away with him; it is impossible; but we are afraid lest some of the baser sort, men or women among the Achaeans, should go gossiping about and say, 'These suitors are a feeble folk; they are paying court to the wife of a brave man whose bow not one of them was able to string, and yet a beggarly tramp who came to the house strung it at once and sent an arrow through the iron.
Very well," cried D'Artagnan, at last, furious, "very well, since you wish it, let us leave our bones in this beggarly land, where it is always cold, where fine weather is a fog, fog is rain, and rain a deluge; where the sun represents the moon and the moon a cream cheese; in truth, whether we die here or elsewhere matters little, since we must die.
More shame to all classes in that most bountiful and beggarly country for their servile following of Fashion; I could write a chapter or two on this subject, but must forbear, at least for the present.
And about his shelves, A beggarly account of empty boxes, Green earthen pots, bladders, and musty seeds.