follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

guttersnipe

[guht-er-snahyp] /ˈgʌt ərˌsnaɪp/
noun
1.
a person belonging to or characteristic of the lowest social group in a city.
2.
a street urchin.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; gutter + snipe
Related forms
guttersnipish, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for guttersnipe
  • The guttersnipe's powerful lungs won the audience over, and she became almost instantly famous.
  • But he has matured and hardly resembles the peevish guttersnipe of the opening pages.
British Dictionary definitions for guttersnipe

guttersnipe

/ˈɡʌtəˌsnaɪp/
noun
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
Derived Forms
guttersnipish, adjective
Word Origin
C19: originally a name applied to the common snipe (the bird), then to a person who gathered refuse from gutters in city streets
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for guttersnipe
n.

also gutter-snipe, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for guttersnipe

guttersnipe

noun

A vulgar person; a vile wretch

[1869+; in the sense ''a curbside stock broker'' found by 1856]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for guttersnipe

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for guttersnipe

0
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for guttersnipe