[ pan-hand-ler ]
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  1. a person who accosts passers-by on the street, riders on the subway, motorists stopped at red lights, etc., and begs from them: A panhandler used to stop me every morning outside this coffee shop, asking me for spare change.

Origin of panhandler

First recorded in 1890–95; panhandle2 + -er1

Words Nearby panhandler Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use panhandler in a sentence

  • It struck her, too, that despite his panhandler's manner this man was yet in a fashion different.

    Destiny | Charles Neville Buck
  • You're nose gets as red as a rear light on an automobile or the beak of a Park Row panhandler.