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Meaning of beggar

beg•gar

Pronunciation: (beg'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who begs alms or lives by begging.
  2. a penniless person.
  3. a wretched fellow; rogue: the surly beggar who collects the rents.
  4. a child or youngster (usually prec. by little): a sudden urge to hug the little beggar.
—v.t.
  1. to reduce to utter poverty; impoverish: The family had been beggared by the war.
  2. to cause one's resources of or ability for (description, comparison, etc.) to seem poor or inadequate: The costume beggars description.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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