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palliard

n.

late 15c., "vagabond or beggar" (who sleeps on straw in barns), from Middle French paillard, from Old French paillart "tramp, beggar, vagabond" (13c.), from paille "straw" (see pallet (n.1); also see -ard).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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Historical Examples

  • A Washman is called a Palliard, but not of the right making.

    The Rogues and Vagabonds of Shakespeare's Youth

    John Awdeley

  • A Palliard is he that goeth in a patched cloke, and hys Doxy goeth in like apparell.

  • "Togged out to the ruffian, no doubt," said the palliard, who was incomparably the shabbiest rascal in the corps.

    Rookwood

    William Harrison Ainsworth