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[gam-in] /ˈgæm ɪn/
a neglected boy left to run about the streets; street urchin.
1830-40; < French, orig. boy assisting a glassblower, young boy; of uncertain origin Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gamin


/ˈɡæmɪn; French ɡamɛ̃/
a street urchin; waif
Word Origin
from French
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Word Origin and History for gamin

"street urchin," 1837, from French gamin (18c.), perhaps from Berrichon dialect gamer "to steal." Introduced in English in translations of Hugo.

Un groupe d'enfants, de ces petits sauvages vanu-pieds qui ont de tout temps battu le pavé de Paris sous le nom éternel de gamins, et qui, lorsque nous étions enfants aussi, nous ont jeté des pierres à tous, le soir, au sortir de classe, parce que nos pantalons n'étaient pas déchirés; etc. [Hugo, "Notre-Dame de Paris"]

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