Guttersnipe
Guttersnipe Gut"ter*snipe", n. (Slang) 1. (a) A small poster, suitable for a curbstone. (b) A curbstone broker. [U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. same as {street Arab}. [PJC]

3. a person of low moral character. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • guttersnipe — also gutter snipe, 1857, from GUTTER (Cf. gutter) (n.) + SNIPE (Cf. snipe) (n.); originally Wall Street slang for streetcorner broker, attested later (1869) as street urchin, also one who gathers rags and paper from gutters. As a name for the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • guttersnipe — ► NOUN ▪ a street urchin …   English terms dictionary

  • guttersnipe — [gut′ərsnīp΄] n. [orig. (Brit dial.), the common snipe, which picks food out of gutters] a child of the slums who spends most of his or her time in the streets: contemptuous term applied to anyone regarded as having the manners, morals, etc. of… …   English World dictionary

  • guttersnipe — noun Date: circa 1869 1. a homeless vagabond and especially an outcast boy or girl in the streets of a city 2. a person of the lowest moral or economic station • guttersnipish adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • guttersnipe — guttersnipish, adj. /gut euhr snuyp /, n. 1. a person belonging to or characteristic of the lowest social group in a city. 2. a street urchin. [1855 60; GUTTER + SNIPE] * * * …   Universalium

  • guttersnipe — noun a) A person who is from the lowest social or economic class. b) A street urchin …   Wiktionary

  • guttersnipe — Synonyms and related words: Arab, Babbitt, Philistine, arriviste, beach bum, beachcomber, beggar, bo, boor, bounder, bourgeois, brat, bum, bummer, cad, churl, clown, dogie, epicier, gamin, gamine, groundling, hobo, homeless waif, hooligan, idler …   Moby Thesaurus

  • guttersnipe — gut|ter|snipe [ˈgʌtəsnaıp US ər ] n old fashioned [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: GUTTER1 + SNIPE2] a dirty untidy badly behaved child from a poor home …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • guttersnipe — n. street kid; urchin …   English contemporary dictionary

  • guttersnipe — noun a street urchin …   English new terms dictionary

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