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beggarly

[beg-er-lee] /ˈbɛg ər li/
adjective
1.
like or befitting a beggar.
2.
meanly inadequate:
How does he manage on such a beggarly salary?
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; beggar + -ly
Related forms
beggarliness, noun
unbeggarly, adjective
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Examples for beggarly
  • They are not beggarly and receive what is given them with much joy.
British Dictionary definitions for beggarly

beggarly

/ˈbɛɡəlɪ/
adjective
1.
meanly inadequate; very poor beggarly living conditions
Derived Forms
beggarliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beggarly
adj.

1520s, from beggar (n.) + -ly (1).

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