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



    BrE BrE//ˈbeɡə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɡər//
    Poverty and famine
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  1. 1a person who lives by asking people for money or food beggars sleeping on the pavement See related entries: Poverty and famine
  2. 2(British English, informal) used with an adjective to describe somebody in a particular way Aren't you dressed yet, you lazy beggar?
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from beg + -ar.Idioms
    beggars can’t be choosers
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    (saying) people say beggars can’t be choosers when there is no choice and somebody must be satisfied with what is available
    if wishes were horses, beggars would/might ride
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    (saying) wishing for something does not make it happen
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beggar