A suppliant is someone who begs or prays for something, and to be suppliant is to humbly pray or ask for forgiveness. Puppy-dog eyes can help if you’re trying to look suppliant.

Like the related word supplicant, suppliant has do with praying in a humble manner. A suppliant student in the principal's office is going to have better luck avoiding detention than a disrespectful one. Suppliant is not a word you hear much these days — it was tailor-made to be used in the days when people spent much of their lives on their knees in big stone buildings begging for things from monarchs or from God.

Definitions of suppliant

adj humbly entreating

“a suppliant sinner seeking forgiveness”
supplicant, supplicatory
beseeching, imploring, pleading

n one praying humbly for something

“a suppliant for her favors”
petitioner, requester, supplicant
show 4 types...
hide 4 types...
an energetic petitioner
one submitting a request or application especially one seeking admission into a religious order
canvasser, solicitor
a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes
someone who solicits financial contributions
Type of:
applicant, applier
a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.