- a person belonging to or characteristic of the lowest social group in a city.
- a street urchin.
Origin of guttersnipe
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Examples from the Web for guttersnipe
He aimed a blow at the guttersnipe's head, but missed it and fell full length.The Opal Serpent
But I have been taking lessons from every guttersnipe and old good-for-nought in the town.Grey Town
In one way or the other, the guttersnipe must have his proper prominence.
The Humanitarian Hero had not come into fashion—nor yet the guttersnipe.
But—who in all his life ever before saw a guttersnipe with eyes so lacking in cunning and roguery?The Rich Little Poor Boy
- a child who spends most of his time in the streets, esp in a slum area
- a person regarded as having the behaviour, morals, etc, of one brought up in squalor
C19: originally a name applied to the common snipe (the bird), then to a person who gathered refuse from gutters in city streets
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Word Origin and History for guttersnipe
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