Definition of beggar verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

beggar

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbeɡə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɡər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beggar
BrE BrE//ˈbeɡə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɡər//
 
he / she / it beggars
BrE BrE//ˈbeɡəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɡərz//
 
past simple beggared
BrE BrE//ˈbeɡəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɡərd//
 
past participle beggared
BrE BrE//ˈbeɡəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɡərd//
 
-ing form beggaring
BrE BrE//ˈbeɡərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɡərɪŋ//
 
 
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  • beggar somebody/something/yourself to make somebody/something very poor Why should I beggar myself for you?
  • Word Origin Middle English: from beg + -ar.Idioms
    beggar belief/description
     
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    to be too extreme, shocking, etc. to believe/describe It beggars belief how things could have got this bad.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beggar