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street arab

or street Arab

noun Archaic: Sometimes Offensive.
  1. a person, especially a child, who lives a homeless, vagabond life on the streets; urchin.
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Origin of street arab

First recorded in 1860–65

Usage note

See Arab.
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Examples from the Web for street arab

Historical Examples

  • Unlike the street-arab, he is either a school-boy, or earns his living somehow, or he is a truant from work of either kind.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)

    William Delisle Hay


British Dictionary definitions for street arab

street Arab

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