beggar

A beggar is a poor person who asks others, or begs, for money or food. Another word for a beggar is a "panhandler," although both terms are vaguely offensive. No one wants to be a beggar.

Many people who are beggars are also homeless and haven't been able to find jobs. Sometimes people use the word in an informal, pitying way: "Poor little beggar, he works so hard!" Another informal term is "to beggar belief," as when something is so incredible that you find it hard to believe. Another expression is “beggars can’t be choosers” which means you get what you get and you don’t get upset.

Primary Meanings of beggar

1.
nv
a pauper who lives by begging
reduce to beggary
2.
v
be beyond the resources of
Full Definitions of beggar
1

n a pauper who lives by begging

Synonyms:
mendicant
Examples:
Lazarus
the diseased beggar in Jesus' parable of the rich man and the beggar
Types:
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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
schnorrer, shnorrer
(Yiddish) a scrounger who takes advantage of the generosity of others
Type of:
pauper
a person who is very poor

v reduce to beggary

Synonyms:
pauperise, pauperize
Type of:
impoverish
make poor
2

v be beyond the resources of

“This beggars description!”
Type of:
defy, refuse, resist
elude, especially in a baffling way

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