- to accost passers-by on the street and beg from them.
- to accost and beg from.
- to obtain by accosting and begging from someone.
Origin of panhandle2
Examples from the Web for panhandler
Perhaps in response to the panhandler, perhaps not, a teenage girl sitting nearby thanks me for my service.
This is not what the panhandler wishes to hear and she continues through the subway car.
Obedient to the young woman's request, the panhandler waited.
Nothing, however, seemed further from the panhandler's thoughts than flight.
The kind of walk you adopt when you want to pretend you can't see a panhandler, or don't want to get involved in a street-fight.Little Brother
You're nose gets as red as a rear light on an automobile or the beak of a Park Row panhandler.Love Letters of a Rookie to Julie
I might a-knowed you was some new kind of a panhandler when you come a-snortin' in my ear that-a-way.The Life of the Party
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
- (sometimes capital) (in the US) a narrow strip of land that projects from one state into another
- (in a South African city) a plot of land without street frontage
- US and Canadian informal to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street
Word Origin and History for panhandler
"one who begs," 1893, from panhandle (n.) in begging sense. Related: Panhandled; panhandler; panhandling.
"something resembling the handle of a pan," 1851, from pan (n.) + handle (n.). Especially in reference to geography, originally American English, from 1856, in reference to Virginia (now West Virginia; Florida, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Alaska also have them). Meaning "an act of begging" is attested from 1849, perhaps from notion of arm stuck out like a panhandle, or of one who handles a (beggar's) pan.
"to beg," 1888, from panhandle (n.) in the begging sense. Related: Panhandled; panhandling.