gutter-snipe

guttersnipe

[guht-er-snahyp]
noun
1.
a person belonging to or characteristic of the lowest social group in a city.
2.
a street urchin.

Origin:
1855–60; gutter + snipe

guttersnipish, adjective
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guttersnipe (ˈɡʌtəˌsnaɪp)
 
n
1.  a child who spends most of his time in the streets, esp in a slum area
2.  a person regarded as having the behaviour, morals, etc, of one brought up in squalor
 
[C19: originally a name applied to the common snipe (the bird), then to a person who gathered refuse from gutters in city streets]
 
'guttersnipish
 
adj

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guttersnipe
1857, from gutter (n.) + 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 common snipe, it dates from 1874 but is perhaps earlier.
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