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/ˌɡæbəˈlʌnzɪ; -ˈluːnjɪ/
(Scot, archaic or literary) a wandering beggar Also called gaberlunzie-man
Word Origin
C16: variant of earlier gaberlungy
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  • That turn exposed their position, and the trick of the gaberlunzie.

  • There maun be something in the wind,” said the gaberlunzie to his host, “when gentle Edie Johnston is in the saddle sae early.

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • The gaberlunzie came in from the door, and he and Ruthven proceeded to finish their morning meal.

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • "Only of losing sight of horse, man, and money," again replied the gaberlunzie.

    The Antiquary, Complete Sir Walter Scott
  • gaberlunzie, a licensed beggar, or any of the mendicant class, so called from the wallet he carried.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • He turned round to look for the gaberlunzie, that he might commune with him on the prudence of letting the king's men free.

  • The difficulty was great, and, apparently, insuperable; and the whole scene enacted by the gaberlunzie appeared like a dream.

  • Latterly, Nicholson assumed the character of a gaberlunzie; he played at merrymakings on his bagpipes, for snuff and whisky.

  • Na, grannie—Steenie's awa out wi' auld Edie Ochiltree, the gaberlunzie; maybe they'll be gaun to see the burial.

    The Antiquary, Complete Sir Walter Scott
  • The farmer fled along the brae, and the gaberlunzie pursued, while the people at the fold were convulsed with laughter.

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