Definition of beggarwoman in English:


nounPlural beggarwomen

  • A woman, typically a homeless one, who lives by asking for money or food.

    ‘the local beggarwoman accosts every passer-by for small change’
    • ‘She is a sturdy beggarwoman, who sometimes works, but more frequently begs.’
    • ‘In one of these caricatures there is a fashionable lady with a dirty beggar woman standing beside her.’
    • ‘The beggar-woman immediately peeled and devoured her paramour's gift.’
    • ‘He has sometimes known beggar-women to have had several children by different fathers.’
    • ‘This time last year a beggar-woman came here, and she was suddenly taken sick.’
    • ‘Who could be sure whether or not the old man or beggar-woman who comes knocking at one's door in the dead of night is not a god or goddess in disguise?’
    • ‘Nearing the parking lot, I passed a beggar woman, her hand outstretched.’
    • ‘The streets teem with hustling, bustling humanity, hag-like beggar women, street urchins and drunken revellers, all rubbing shoulders with the gentry in their smart clothes and carriages.’
    • ‘The beggar woman is looking up at me and smiling.’
    • ‘The beggar woman looked up, recognising Jessica at once.’
    • ‘One winter's night, an old beggar woman in tattered grey clothes came to the castle and offered him a single perfect red rose in return for shelter from the bitter storm.’
    • ‘Gabrielle Cummins is also utterly believable as the deranged beggar woman and her excellent performance is matched by great make up and costuming.’
    • ‘A beggar woman and her child took shelter on the verandah at night and left behind disquieting odours.’
    • ‘The streets teem with hustling, bustling humanity, hag-like beggar women, street urchins and drunken revellers.’
    • ‘Beggar women and working-class women did not frequent the commercialized spaces frequented by middleclass women.’
    • ‘The beggar woman coughed as she laughed.’
    • ‘Mr Martin mentions a young female carried away by a beggarwoman, and by her hired out as a prostitute.’
    • ‘Just this week I was rushing with many bags and did not stop to give a coin to the beggar woman, and it bothered me!’