guttersnipe


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gut·ter·snipe

 (gŭt′ər-snīp′)
n.
1. A street urchin.
2. A person of the lowest class.

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]
ˈgutterˌsnipish adj

gut•ter•snipe

(ˈgʌt ərˌsnaɪp)

n.
1. a person typical of the lowest or basest social group in a city.
2. a street urchin.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guttersnipe - a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
gamine - a homeless girl who roams the streets
gamin, street arab, throwaway - (sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets
urchin - poor and often mischievous city child

guttersnipe

noun street urchin, waif, ragamuffin, mudlark (slang), gamin, street Arab (offensive) An elocution expert plucks a guttersnipe from Covent Garden market and teaches her to talk like a lady.
Translations

guttersnipe

[ˈgʌtəsnaɪp] Ngolfillo m

guttersnipe

[ˈgʌtəˌsnaɪp] nscugnizzo
References in classic literature ?
This is a dexterous little cosmopolitan guttersnipe who can do scores of things, not only shoot, but draw and paint, and probably play the fiddle.
So that thousands of poor English people trembled before a mysterious chieftain with an ancient destiny and a diadem of evil stars--when they are really trembling before a guttersnipe who was a pettifogger and a pawnbroker not twelve years ago.
the one an inky, rusty old canoe with a sable hearse-body clapped on to the middle of it, and the other a mangy, barefooted guttersnipe with a portion of his raiment on exhibition which should have been sacred from public scrutiny.
I shall make a duchess of this draggletailed guttersnipe.
Shaw's tale of the humble Cockney guttersnipe who is transformed into a lady leaving her flower basket behind for a life among London's middle classes was the inspiration behind the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady, becoming one of the most beautiful musicals in cinema history.
Gingrich, a longtime specialist in guttersnipe politics adept at smearing his opponents as traitors or saying they should be jailed, attacked Romney for taking money from millionaires while himself welcoming $11 million from a billionaire casino magnate and his wife from Las Vegas, the nation's capital of family values.
The role of Eliza Doolittle, the young cockney guttersnipe who is transformed, Pygmalion-like, into an upper crust English lady as part of a bet by Professor Henry Higgins, is one of the best known in musical theater.
Forbidden insults have included coward, guttersnipe, hooligan, rat, stool pigeon, swine, and traitor.
While certainly not the prettiest girl at the dance with its cut-off forend, it has its own guttersnipe appeal with its gaping bore and military sights.
Thus, I don't have to go into any detail about the guttersnipe attacks and backstabbing Gov.