• A Beggar of Cote Beaupre
    A Beggar of Cote Beaupre
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beggar reduce to beggary
    • v beggar be beyond the resources of "This beggars description!"
    • n beggar a pauper who lives by begging
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Coughed up over $40 the First Day, Just Giving to Beggars 191 Coughed up over $40 the First Day, Just Giving to Beggars 191
The beggar at the door The beggar at the door

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1968, a convention of beggars in Dacca, India, passed a resolution demanding that the minimum amount of alms be fixed at 15 paisa (three cents).
    • Beggar One who assumes in argument what he does not prove.
    • Beggar One who begs; one who asks or entreats earnestly, or with humility; a petitioner.
    • Beggar One who is dependent upon others for support; -- a contemptuous or sarcastic use.
    • Beggar One who makes it his business to ask alms.
    • Beggar To cause to seem very poor and inadequate. "It beggared all description."
    • Beggar To reduce to beggary; to impoverish; as, he had beggared himself.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beggar One who begs or asks alms; especially, one who lives by asking alms or makes it his business to beg.
    • n beggar One who is in indigent circumstances; one who has been beggared.
    • n beggar One who asks a favor; one who entreats; a petitioner.
    • n beggar One who assumes in argument what he does not prove.
    • n beggar A fellow; a rogue: used in contempt for a low fellow;
    • n beggar as a term of playful familiarity: as, he is a good-hearted little beggar.
    • beggar To make a beggar of; reduce to beggary; impoverish.
    • beggar To exhaust the resources of; exceed the means or capacity of; outdo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beggar one who begs: one who lives by begging: a mean fellow, a poor fellow—often used with a playful and even affectionate sense
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, brags of his substance: they are but beggars who can count their worth.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.”
  • D. T. Niles
    D. T. Niles
    “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “The beggar wears all colors fearing none.”
  • Antonin Artaud
    “All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Anyone can be polite to a king. It takes a gentleman to be polite to a beggar.”


Beggars can't be choosers - This idiom means that people who are in great need must accept any help that is offered, even if it is not a complete solution to their problems.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride - This means that wishing for something or wanting it is not the same as getting or having it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. beggere, fr. beg,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The ety. is very obscure; the words beg and beggar first appear in the 13th century, and Dr Murray thinks the most likely derivation is from the O. Fr. begart, begard, and begar (L. beghardus = beghard), or its synonym beguine and derivative verb beguigner, beguiner, to act the beguin. The Beghards or Beguines were a lay mendicant order, and in the 13th century mendicants calling themselves by these names swarmed over Western Europe.


In literature:

But the noble Thomas has withstood him, and is banished and beggared and his kith and kin with him.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
Ae beggar's wae that anither by the gate gae.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
I. Ulysses has assumed the part of a beggar, but he finds a real beggar on the ground ready to dispute his right.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
He's tasting the intoxication of the King among Beggars.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
Little children teased him; others took him for a beggar and offered him money.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
I thought we'd got the beggars out!
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
The society is mixed, for king and beggar, genius and idiot, sit side by side.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
A beggar in a ragged overcoat shuffled, head down, toward him.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Four or five of them obeyed at once, two remaining on the road with the formidable beggar.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
That was the beggar's flurry.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Lady, lovely lady,
Careless and gay!
Once when a beggar called
She gave her child away.
"Vain And Careless" by Robert Graves
P'r'aps some Princess's son -
A beggar p'r'aps his mother.
HE rather thought the one,
I rather think the other.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Then bless the good Samaritan
For every crumb he gave;
And live a beggared working-man!
And die—a pauper slave!
"The Walk Home From Beldagon" by Ernest Jones
Hark! hark!
The dogs do bark;
Beggars are coming to town.
Some in rags,
And some in tags,
And some in velvet gown.
"The Return From The Quest" by Oscar Fay Adams
Then the beggar, ``See your sins!
``Of old, unless I err,
``Ye had brothers for inmates, twins,
``Date and Dabitur.
"The Twins" by Robert Browning
Last night a beggar crouched alone,
A ragged helpless thing;
I set him on a moonbeam throne —
Today he is a king.
"Madness" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer

In news:

Case of blonde girl beggar strikes nerve in Mexico.
Serving lunch 11-4 Tue-Sat, dinner 5-9 Tue-Wed, 5-10 Thu-Sat AE, D, MC, V. 12 (Beggar's Purse with ricotta & prosciutto, small portion) to $30 (pan-seared duck breast).
The Rolling Stones Salt of the Earth Beggars Banquet.
Released in 2001 by Beggars Banquet.
Lionel Goodman 's photograph "Left Bank Beggar" is displayed alongside student Joshua Hauser's poem "Waiting" in the "People, Places, Poetry and Prose" exhibit at the Pennington School's Silva Gallery.
INTERVIEWS Foreign Beggars' Woozy 'Flying to Mars' Video: Big Leap on Deadmau5's Imprint .
Lionel Goodman's photograph "Left Bank Beggar" is displayed alongside student Joshua Hauser's poem "Waiting" in the "People, Places, Poetry and Prose" exhibit at the Pennington School's Silva Gallery.
Beggar's Carnivale at Casa Loma Ballroom, Saturday, August 18.
Lola Van Ella at the Beggar's Carnivale Virginia Harold.
With The Tom McGees, Dinosaur Burps and Beggars Clan.
Russia's Cossacks take on new foes: beggars, drunks and illegally parked cars in Moscow .
Renowned for their sword-fighting prowess and notorious for their anti-Semitism in czarist Russia, the Cossacks are taking on new foes: beggars, drunks and improperly parked cars.
Russia's Cossacks take on new foes in Moscow : beggars, drunks and illegally parked cars.
Case of blond girl beggar rescued from streets strikes nerve in Mexico.
Good Samaritans chided over beggars' banquets.

In science:

Ancient Jews also preferred interest-free loans over gifts, as a gift suggests that its receiver has reached the stage of a beggar.
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation