Street Arab

Street Arab
Street Street (str[=e]t), n. [OE. strete, AS. str[=ae]t, fr. L. strata (sc. via) a paved way, properly fem. p. p. of sternere, stratum, to spread; akin to E. strew. See {Strew}, and cf. {Stratum}, {Stray}, v. & a.] 1. Originally, a paved way or road; a public highway; now commonly, a thoroughfare in a city or village, bordered by dwellings or business houses. [1913 Webster]

He removed [the body of] Amasa from the street unto the field. --Coverdale. [1913 Webster]

At home or through the high street passing. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: In an extended sense, street designates besides the roadway, the walks, houses, shops, etc., which border the thoroughfare. [1913 Webster]

His deserted mansion in Duke Street. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. the roadway of a street[1], as distinguished from the sidewalk; as, children playing in the street. [PJC]

3. the inhabitants of a particular street; as, the whole street knew about their impending divorce. [PJC]

{The street} (Broker's Cant), that thoroughfare of a city where the leading bankers and brokers do business; also, figuratively, those who do business there; as, the street would not take the bonds.

{on the street}, (a) homeless. (b) unemployed. (a) not in prison, or released from prison; the murderer is still on the street.

{Street Arab}, {Street broker}, etc. See under {Arab}, {Broker}, etc.

{Street door}, a door which opens upon a street, or is nearest the street.

{street person}, a homeless person; a vagrant. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Syn: See {Way}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Street Arab — Arab Ar ab (?; 277), n. [Prob. ultimately fr. Heb. arabah a desert, the name employed, in the Old Testament, to denote the valley of the Jordan and Dead Sea. Ar. Arab, Heb. arabi, arbi, arbim: cf. F. Arabe, L. Arabs, Gr. ?.] One of a swarthy race …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • street Arab — n. a homeless or neglected child left to roam the streets; gamin: also street urchin …   English World dictionary

  • street arab — (sometimes offensive) a person, esp. a child, who lives a homeless, vagabond life on the streets; urchin. Also, street Arab. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • street Arab — street kid, child that grew up on the streets without any supervision …   English contemporary dictionary

  • street Arab — street′ Ar ab (or ar ab) n. usage: This term, though not used as a deliberate slur, is sometimes perceived as insulting because of its reference to the nomadic Arabs. cvb off Sometimes Offensive. urchin; gamin • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • street Arab — Synonyms and related words: Arab, beach bum, beachcomber, beggar, bo, bum, bummer, dogie, gamin, gamine, guttersnipe, hobo, homeless waif, idler, landloper, lazzarone, loafer, losel, mudlark, piker, ragamuffin, ragman, ragpicker, rounder, ski bum …   Moby Thesaurus

  • street Arab — noun A homeless child who roams the streets, usually begging for handouts; a street urchin. ‘Its the Baker Street division of the detective police force,’ said my companion, gravely; and as he spoke there rushed into the room half a dozen of the… …   Wiktionary

  • street Arab — /ˈstrit ærəb/ (say street aruhb) noun Obsolescent → street urchin …   Australian English dictionary

  • street arab — noun (sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets • Syn: ↑gamin, ↑throwaway • Usage Domain: ↑disparagement, ↑depreciation, ↑derogation • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • street Arab — noun archaic a raggedly dressed homeless child wandering the streets …   English new terms dictionary

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