From beggar +‎ -y.



beggary (countable and uncountable, plural beggaries)

  1. The state of a beggar; indigence, extreme poverty.
  2. The fact or action of begging.
    • 1848, Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton, Chapter 38,[2]
      [] the landlady [] ushered them into a large garret where twenty or thirty people of all ages and both sexes lay and dozed away the day, choosing the evening and night for their trades of beggary, thieving, or prostitution.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: Appleton, Chapter 8, p. 126,[3]
      [] perhaps he would abandon beggary when there was no poor fool about to beg from.
  3. Beggarly appearance.
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 2, in Vanity Fair, London: Bradbury and Evans  [], published 1848, OCLC 3174108:
      [] she looked back to the freedom and the beggary of the old studio in Soho with so much regret, that everybody, herself included, fancied she was consumed with grief for her father.



beggary (comparative more beggary, superlative most beggary)

  1. (obsolete) beggarly