gamin

[ gam-in ]
/ ˈgæm ɪn /

noun

a neglected boy left to run about the streets; street urchin.

Nearby words

  1. gamey,
  2. gamic,
  3. gamification,
  4. gamify,
  5. gamilaraay,
  6. gamine,
  7. gaminess,
  8. gaming,
  9. gaming platform,
  10. gaming table

Origin of gamin

From French, dating back to 1830–40, orig. boy assisting a glassblower, young boy; of uncertain origin

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British Dictionary definitions for gamin

gamin

/ (ˈɡæmɪn, French ɡamɛ̃) /

noun

a street urchin; waif

Word Origin for gamin

from French

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Word Origin and History for gamin

gamin

n.

"street urchin," 1837, from French gamin (18c.), perhaps from Berrichon dialect gamer "to steal." Introduced in English in translations of Hugo.

Un groupe d'enfants, de ces petits sauvages vanu-pieds qui ont de tout temps battu le pavé de Paris sous le nom éternel de gamins, et qui, lorsque nous étions enfants aussi, nous ont jeté des pierres à tous, le soir, au sortir de classe, parce que nos pantalons n'étaient pas déchirés; etc. [Hugo, "Notre-Dame de Paris"]
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