Despite enjoying singing, and a tiny role as ‘urchin No. 30’ in a production of Oliver!
You will at once think of the gorse and the hedgehog, or urchin, as some people call it.
An urchin who had frequently seen him before, stopped to gaze.
Not an urchin put in an appearance at the small red brick building on the turnpike.
“Fatterer than ever,” added an urchin, who in England would have been styled cheeky.
The urchin in the enemy's tree was not the most unfortunate of the nestlings.
“Thomas, if you please,” interrupted the urchin with dignity.
His son Rip, an urchin begotten in his own likeness, promised to inherit the habits, with the old clothes of his father.
The urchin looked proudly up in his face, but made no reply.
Stop till I get you a posy (pronounced pawawawsee), cries one urchin to another.
late 13c., yrichon "hedgehog," from Old North French *irechon (cf. Picard irechon, Walloon ireson, Hainaut hirchon), from Old French herichun "hedgehog" (Modern French hérisson), formed with diminutive suffix -on + Vulgar Latin *hericionem, from Latin ericius "hedgehog," from PIE root *gher- "to bristle" (cf. Greek kheros "hedgehog;" see horror).
Still used for "hedgehog" in non-standard speech in Cumbria, Yorkshire, Shropshire. Applied throughout 16c. to people whose appearance or behavior suggested hedgehogs, from hunchbacks (1520s) to goblins (1580s) to bad girls (c.1530); meaning "poorly or raggedly clothed youngster" emerged 1550s, but was not in frequent use until after c.1780. Sea urchin is recorded from 1590s (a 19c. Newfoundland name for them was whore's eggs).