One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a priest's stipend in 1522 was a beggarly 26s 8d’
meagre, modest, slight, lean, scant, scanty, skimpy, puny, inadequate, insufficient, insubstantial, miserly, paltry, pitiful, derisory, niggardly, ungenerous, miserable, contemptible, despicable
informal measly, stingy, lousy, pathetic, piddling, piffling, mingy, poxy
2‘they lived in the most beggarly part of Bethnal Green’
wretched, miserable, sordid, squalid, shabby, shoddy, mean, base, vile, foul, despicable, unpleasant
poor, poverty-stricken, impoverished, distressed, beggared, needy, penniless, destitute, indigent, impecunious, penurious
informal hard up, on one's uppers
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