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Definition of "beggar" []

  • One who solicits alms for a living. (noun)
  • An impoverished person; a pauper. (noun)
  • Informal A man or a boy. (noun)
  • To make a beggar of; impoverish. (verb-transitive)
  • To exceed the limits, resources, or capabilities of: beauty that beggars description. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "beggar" in a sentence
  • "Scott, while I agree that fixing the underlying problem that produces the beggar is a noble idea, please consider two things:"
  • "What does it mean when the beggar is more powerful than the one that extends the coin?"
  • "A beggar is a man who is forced, by fate, to remind us of Christ; he is Christ's brother; he is the bell of the Lord, and rings in life for the purpose of awakening our conscience, of stirring up the satiety of man's flesh."