street arab

or street Ar·ab

[ street-ar-uhb ]

nounArchaic: Often Offensive.
  1. a person, especially a child, who lives on the streets; urchin.

Origin of street arab

First recorded in 1860–65

usage note For street arab

See Arab.

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

How to use street arab in a sentence

  • The beggar reciting the Bible to fill his pocket is very well; but he does not come up to the preaching street arab.

    Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
  • Once in a while some street arab let drive a stone, then dove under the nearest car, and scurried away into hiding.

  • This is the newsboy of London, a personality into which the street arab not infrequently develops.

  • He was a Parisian, a former street arab, and I suspected him of having prepared an apple-pie bed in order to have a laugh at me.

    Trooper 3809 | Lionel Decle
  • And in her turn Florence appeared with her little street-arab smile, and her childish haunches.

    En Route | J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans

British Dictionary definitions for street Arab

street Arab

  1. literary, old-fashioned a homeless child, esp one who survives by begging and stealing; urchin

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