adjective Date: 1526 1. contemptibly mean, scant, petty, or paltry 2. befitting or resembling a beggar; especially marked by extreme povertybeggarliness noun

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  • Beggarly — Beg gar*ly, a. 1. In the condition of, or like, a beggar; suitable for a beggar; extremely indigent; poverty stricken; mean; poor; contemptible. A bankrupt, beggarly fellow. South. A beggarly fellowship. Swift. Beggarly elements. Gal. iv. 9.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beggarly — Beg gar*ly, adv. In an indigent, mean, or despicable manner; in the manner of a beggar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beggarly — index destitute, ignoble, impecunious, petty, poor (inferior in quality) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • beggarly — (adj.) 1520s, from BEGGAR (Cf. beggar) (n.) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • beggarly — cheap, scurvy, shabby, sorry, *contemptible, despicable, pitiable Analogous words: paltry, measly, *petty, trifling: *mean, abject, sordid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • beggarly — ► ADJECTIVE 1) meagre and ungenerous. 2) poverty stricken …   English terms dictionary

  • beggarly — [beg′ərlē] adj. like or fit for a beggar; very poor, worthless, inadequate, etc. beggarliness n …   English World dictionary

  • beggarly — beggarliness, n. /beg euhr lee/, adj. 1. like or befitting a beggar. 2. meanly inadequate: How does he manage on such a beggarly salary? [1520 30; BEGGAR + LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • beggarly — Paul asks the Galatians (Gal. 4:9) how they could contemplate returning to the beggarly (AV, NRSV), ‘bankrupt’ (REB, NJB) elemental spirits. He therefore contrasts the poverty of such a religious system with the riches of the gospel …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • beggarly — adjective literary a beggarly amount of money is far too small …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • beggarly — beg•gar•ly [[t]ˈbɛg ər li[/t]] adj. 1) like or befitting a beggar 2) meanly inadequate: a beggarly salary[/ex] • Etymology: 1520–30 beg′gar•li•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

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