guttersnipe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guttersnipe a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Guttersnipe A curbstone broker.
    • Guttersnipe a person of low moral character.
    • Guttersnipe A small poster, suitable for a curbstone.
    • Guttersnipe same as street Arab.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guttersnipe The common American or Wilson's snipe, Gallinago wilsoni or delicata.
    • n guttersnipe A gatherer of rags and waste paper from gutters.
    • n guttersnipe A street child of the lowest class; a street Arab; a gamin.
    • n guttersnipe An oblong form of printed placard made to be posted on the curbstones of gutters.
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Usage

In literature:

I'm a spiritual guttersnipe in love with unimaginable goddesses.
"Tono Bungay" by H. G. Wells
A guttersnipe's got more decency!
"The Adventures of Jimmie Dale" by Frank L. Packard
Where's your manners, you guttersnipe?
"Captain Brassbound's Conversion" by George Bernard Shaw
I shall make a duchess of this draggletailed guttersnipe.
"Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw
Mother Guttersnipe burst into a volley of oaths, and having run rapidly through all she knew, subsided into a sulky silence.
"The Mystery of a Hansom Cab" by Fergus Hume
Externally this boy with the roses was a guttersnipe.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
He aimed a blow at the guttersnipe's head, but missed it and fell full length.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
But I have been taking lessons from every guttersnipe and old good-for-nought in the town.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
In the next doorway two guttersnipes are huddled together asleep.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Dick, an Abbeville guttersnipe, was therefore admitted to the refinements of the general's table.
"General Bramble" by André Maurois
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In news:

View full size Kathy Sandham Professor Henry Higgins (Bob Russell) tempts "draggle-tailed guttersnipe" Eliza Doolittle with chocolates in the Beck Center for the Arts' "My Fair Lady".
Thus spake a lost breed of combat-booted guttersnipes before hanging their spiky-haired heads and collectively weeping.
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