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English definition of “beggarly”

beggarly

adjective     /ˈbeɡ.ə.li/ US  /ˈ-ɚ-/ literary
small and not at all generous: The council voted to give the new project a beggarly amount of money.Small in number and quantity
(Definition of beggarly adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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