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.

Definitions of beggar
  1. noun
    a pauper who lives by begging
    synonyms: mendicant
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    examples:
    Lazarus
    the diseased beggar in Jesus' parable of the rich man and the beggar
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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
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    pauper
    a person who is very poor
  2. verb
    reduce to beggary
    synonyms: pauperise, pauperize
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    type of:
    impoverish
    make poor
  3. verb
    be beyond the resources of
    “This beggars description!”
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    type of:
    defy, refuse, resist
    elude, especially in a baffling way
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