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[gang-gruh l, -ruh l] /ˈgæŋ grəl, -rəl/
noun, British Dialect.
a lanky, loose-jointed person.
a wandering beggar; vagabond; vagrant.
Origin of gangrel
1300-50; Middle English; See gang1, -rel; cf. gangling Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And what gangrel loon is this that ye are bringing to the door by the hand?

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • And are ye in the wont of drawing up wi' a' the gangrel bodies that ye find cowering in a sand-bunker upon the links?

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • Then she went slowly down from the Hill of Speech, and whoso saw her deemed her but a gangrel carline.

    The House of the Wolfings William Morris
  • But tell me, good Gerard, how it is that thou art so willing to leave kith and kin to follow a gangrel wife along the ways?

  • It happened once that some gangrel women came to Lithend from Bergthorsknoll; they were great gossips and rather spiteful tongued.

  • The female replied in his stead, 'O aye, sir—troth we have a partner—a gangrel body like oursells.

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • Is it a wonder that very soon we had the slouch of the gangrel and the cunning aspect of the thief?

    John Splendid Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for gangrel


/ˈɡæŋɡrəl; ˈɡæŋrəl/
noun (Scot, archaic or literary)
a wandering beggar
a child just able to walk; toddler
Word Origin
C16: from Old English gangan to go1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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