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beggar

beg·gar

beggar

pronunciation:
be gr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one who begs, esp. as a means of survival.
The lady paused in the street to give a coin to a beggar.
synonyms:
mendicant, panhandler
similar words:
derelict, hobo, tramp, vagabond, vagrant
definition 2: a person in extreme poverty.
These dilapidated shacks were homes to beggars.
synonyms:
pauper
similar words:
bum, hobo, indigent, ragamuffin, tatterdemalion
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: beggared, beggaring, beggars
definition 1: to make poor.
The raids of the invaders had beggered the population of the village.
synonyms:
impoverish, pauper, pauperize
similar words:
bankrupt, break, rain
definition 2: to cause to seem inadequate.
The view across the mountains beggars description.
similar words:
exceed, surpass
Word Parts
The word beggar contains the following part:
-er, -or, -ar2 Latin noun-forming suffix that means a person or thing that does
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The suffix group -er , -or , -ar2 turns verbs into agent nouns.
synonyms:
-ist, -ite2, -ator, -an, -ian, -ean