Translation of beggar in Spanish:


mendigo, n.

Pronunciation /ˈbɛɡər//ˈbɛɡə/


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    mendigo masculine
    mendiga feminine
    • We have to discourage begging and simultaneously find beggars another way of earning a living.
    • If I give money to a beggar it is because I want to do something nice for him.
    • The streets were crowded with poor dirty beggars.
    • ‘One of your beggars asked me for money for a cup of coffee,’ he said.
    • She was no more than a poor beggar, young, sick and starving.
    • Perhaps, the rich people should learn from the poor beggars who always rummage through the garbage for their daily survival.
    • Rather than return to jail after a weekend outside, Markov became a homeless man, cultivating the look of a madman in order to get more money as a beggar.
    • They are so stressed they have become like homeless beggars.
    • I can't spare anything for little beggar children like you.
    • For those homeless and beggars in the streets, life was even more miserable.
    • You might call him a beggar, or a homeless man, or whatever.
    • I live in London, where daily we come across beggars and homeless people.
    • So he never responds when a blind or crippled beggar or a mother cradling her baby holds out a hand for money.
    • How many times have you been asked in the street for some money from a seemingly homeless person or a beggar?
    • The way of it was, I was sent out with a broom to chase away the gypsy beggars at the door looking for food or money, and he happened to step in the way.
    • One young beggar, surnamed Liu, begins his work before dawn and can earn more than 200 yuan a day.
    • He vaguely remembered his mother telling him those same words many years ago when he was giving spare lunch money to a beggar.
    • It would give beggars a chance to have a decent living.
    • I do voluntary work, am a Christian, invariably give money to beggars and try to spread a little happiness as I go by.
    • On the way to his house Yuki was flagged down by many beggars and poor crippled souls.
  • 2British informal

    he's a silly/conceited beggar es un tonto/creído
    • you lucky beggar! ¡qué potra tienes!
    • the little beggar's hidden my slippers el muy pillo me ha escondido las pantuflas
    • Woe to the poor beggar upon whom he sees, or thinks he sees, spots or blemishes.
    • Unfortunately it was just another Sunday evening rush trip to keep my hand in, as I couldn't be with those lucky beggars spending the weekend down in Wales.
    • Plus listen to my show this week to see how you can get in for free on my guestlist, you lucky beggars!
    • The poor beggar's badly burned body was supposed to be in the coffin awaiting collection.
    • After all, the poor beggars can't nip outside for a quick drag, can they?
    • He was a cute little beggar, looked like you as well.
    • There were many a poor beggar who saw the show and realized they could become something if they tried!
    • The cool million generally goes to some lucky beggar down south.
    • Let the poor beggars have a childhood and allow reception-class teachers to down their clipboards and go back to teaching them.
    • If it was any other country, you might even feel sorry for the poor beggars.
    • Indeed, the poor beggars attending the meeting in April would have witnessed Lee's wholehearted endorsement of his chief executive's vision.
    • Among those who will not be weeping into their hankies over his ‘resignation’ are the poor beggars in York he put out of work.

transitive verb

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    (social class/country) arruinar
    (social class/country) empobrecer
    (country/social class) (stronger) pauperizar
    • Those of the left claimed that naive women were seduced into becoming avaricious consumers, beggaring their families.
    • The latest crisis, in 2001, which beggared nearly half the population, is not the first time that a period of relative prosperity and rapid economic growth was followed by an economic and political disaster.
    • Not too much to beggar the family, but not too little as to be meaningless.
    • Now if it could be shown that beggaring rich people inevitably enriches poor people there might be something to say for a crusade against inequality.
    • That would stop the competition gaining market share by beggaring your own people.
    • Apart from beggaring the public purse, it simply beggars belief.
    • But now after a succession of bad fruit years, it is no wonder the farmers complain of being beggared by malt and hops!
    • They demands that families beggar themselves to send their children to university.
    • But I think he would have beggared himself to buy it.
    • Economically, they will learn of the toll that nuclear weapons can take on economic growth and development even if they do not beggar us completely.
    • The nobility, though exempt from taxation, faced problems of its own: many families had been beggared by the wars, and peace left their sons without employment.
    • You may be condemning your children to a school career of misery if you have beggared yourself to send them to school with children whose treats and trips are costly.
    • It is totally inconsistent to now argue that we must defend the system that has beggared cattle and sheep farmers.
    • It is stupid - they should simply write cheques to exporters rather than beggaring everybody.
    • Moreover, it would not only beggar our neighbours but eventually Australia as well, by preventing Australian businesses from competing effectively in global markets.
    • They concluded that creating a conventional military force as large as the USSR's risked beggaring the U.S. economy.
    • I realise now that my parents beggared themselves to provide the life they did for us.
    • You cannot ‘care for Africa’ and at the same time stand four-square behind multinationals who beggar us.
    • And while he was beggaring and ruining his country, they were in command of the Arab oil market… of which they're not going to be.
    • Or would he choose to beggar the kingdom, leaving it weak and defenceless against his forces, just for the entertainment?
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    (person/family) arruinar