Found 2 items, similar to Street Arab.
English → English
Definition: street arab
n : a homeless child who has been abandoned and roams the
streets [syn: gamin
English → English
Definition: Street Arab
(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
, 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.
He removed [the body of] Amasa from the street unto
the field. --Coverdale.
At home or through the high street passing.
Note: In an extended sense, street designates besides the
roadway, the walks, houses, shops, etc., which border
His deserted mansion in Duke Street. --Macaulay.
2. the roadway of a street, as distinguished from the
sidewalk; as, children playing in the street.
3. the inhabitants of a particular street; as, the whole
street knew about their impending divorce.
(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) not in prison, or released from prison; the murderer
is still on the street.
, Street broker
, etc. See under Arab
, a door which opens upon a street, or is
nearest the street.
, a homeless person; a vagrant.
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Syn: See Way
(?; 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 occupying Arabia, and numerous in
Syria, Northern Africa, etc.
, a homeless vagabond in the streets of a city,
particularly and outcast boy or girl. --Tylor.
The ragged outcasts and street Arabs who are
shivering in damp doorways. --Lond. Sat.
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