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beggarnoun [C]

uk   /ˈbeɡ.ər/  us   /ˈbeɡ.ɚ/
a ​poorperson who ​lives by ​askingothers for ​money or ​food
UK informal a ​person, ​especially when you are ​expressing an ​opinion about something that they have done, or that has ​happened to them: You've ​won again, you ​lucky beggar. Those ​children have been ​running about in my ​rosegarden again, the little beggars (= ​annoyingpeople)!

beggarverb [T]

uk   /ˈbeɡ.ər/  us   /ˈbeɡ.ɚ/ literary
to make a ​person or ​organization, etc. ​extremelypoor
(Definition of beggar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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beggarnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbeɡ·ər/
a ​poorperson who ​lives by ​askingothers for ​money or ​food
(Definition of beggar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “beggar”
in Arabic شَحّاذ…
in Korean 거지…
in Portuguese mendigo, -a…
in Catalan captaire…
in Japanese 物乞い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 乞丐,叫花子, 家伙…
in Turkish dilenci…
in Russian нищий, живущий подаянием…
in Chinese (Traditional) 乞丐,叫花子, 傢夥…
in Italian mendicante, accattone, -a…
in Polish żebra-k/czka…
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