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 Dictionary entry overview: What does beggar mean? 

BEGGAR (noun)
  The noun BEGGAR has 1 sense:

1. a pauper who lives by begging

  Familiarity information: BEGGAR used as a noun is very rare.

BEGGAR (verb)
  The verb BEGGAR has 2 senses:

1. be beyond the resources of
2. reduce to beggary

  Familiarity information: BEGGAR used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

BEGGAR (noun)

Sense 1beggar [BACK TO TOP]


A pauper who lives by begging

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


beggar; mendicant

Hypernyms ("beggar" is a kind of...):

pauper; poor man (a person who is very poor)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "beggar"):

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)

sannyasi; sannyasin; sanyasi (a Hindu religious mendicant)

Instance hyponyms:

Lazarus (the diseased beggar in Jesus' parable of the rich man and the beggar)

BEGGAR (verb)

Sense 1beggar [BACK TO TOP]


Be beyond the resources of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

This beggars description!

Hypernyms (to "beggar" is one way to...):

defy; refuse; resist (elude, especially in a baffling way)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sense 2beggar [BACK TO TOP]


Reduce to beggary

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning


pauperise; pauperize; beggar

Hypernyms (to "beggar" is one way to...):

impoverish (make poor)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

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