a state or condition of utter poverty.
a place lived in or frequented by beggars.
Beethoven’s Letters 1790-1826, Volume 1 of 2 Lady Wallace
Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) Frank Wedekind
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860 Various
Diderot and the Encyclopdists John Morley
Stories of the Badger State Reuben Gold Thwaites
The New Society Walther Rathenau
The Entail John Galt
The Promised Land Mary Antin
The Doctor’s Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Romola George Eliot
extreme poverty or need
the condition of being a beggar
a person who begs alms or lives by begging. a penniless person. a wretched fellow; rogue: the surly beggar who collects the rents. a child or youngster (usually preceded by little): a sudden urge to hug the little beggar. to reduce to utter poverty; impoverish: The family had been beggared by the war. to cause […]
like or befitting a beggar. meanly inadequate: How does he manage on such a beggarly salary? Historical Examples Dreamers of the Ghetto I. Zangwill The Book of Humorous Verse Various With the Dyaks of Borneo F. S. Brereton Chance Joseph Conrad The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume II (of 2) Florence A. […]
- Beggars can’t be choosers
beggars can’t be choosers Those in dire need must be content with what they get. For example, The cheapest model will have to do—beggars can’t be choosers. This expression was familiar enough to be included in John Heywood’s 1546 collection of proverbs.
to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness. to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: He begged me for mercy. Sit down, I beg you. to take for granted without basis or justification: a statement that begs the very point we’re disputing. to […]