bedelaar

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Germanic: from bedelen 'to beg' (a frequentative of bidden 'to pray (for), request') + -aar '-er', parallel to cognate German Bettler

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bedelaar m (plural bedelaars, diminutive bedelaartje n)

  1. (literally) A beggar, mendicant, who requests alms or handouts
  2. (figuratively) A pauper, one who can't properly provide in his own/family's needs

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