- a person who picks up rags and other waste material from the streets, refuse heaps, etc., for a livelihood.
Origin of ragpicker
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Examples from the Web for ragpicker
Love is always tragic, even the amours of a ragpicker and a gutter-wench.Painted Veils
The play, which was called The Ragpicker, can still be seen in the Ghetto.The Spirit of the Ghetto
He looks like a ragpicker, and has the eye of Solomon and the devil in one.The Pomp of the Lavilettes, Complete
His wife was a ragpicker and a bawd, but she had plenty of shrewdness.Penguin Island
He engaged the lamplighter of the theatre to wear the ragpicker's costume for three weeks, so that it might be suitably dirty.