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gam·in

 (găm′ĭn)
n.
An often homeless boy who roams about the streets; an urchin.

[French.]
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gamin

(ˈɡæmɪn; French ɡamɛ̃)
n
a street urchin; waif
[from French]
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gam•in

(ˈgæm ɪn)

n.
1. a neglected boy left to run about the streets; street urchin.
[1830–40; < French]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gamin - (sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
guttersnipe, street urchin - a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
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Translations

gamin

[ˈgæmɛ̃] Ngolfillo m
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gamin

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gamins , and who, when we were also children ourselves, threw stones at all of us in the afternoon, when we came out of school, because our trousers were not torn--a swarm of these young scamps rushed towards the square where Gringoire lay, with shouts and laughter which seemed to pay but little heed to the sleep of the neighbors.
Tattered gamins on the right made a furious assault on the gravel heap.
A few gamins, however, were around, in their eyes a suppressed eagerness in anticipation of wonderful and exciting things to happen.
Then quiet again, though the gamins had startled and listened, like young deer, at the sound.
After this, I think, he was as bewitching as the laddie in the barrel to her - Was he not always a laddie in the barrel himself, climbing in for apples while we all stood around, like gamins, waiting for a bite?
There was no mention made of murder, of an underground alliance with the 'gamins' of Paris, the dregs of humanity, prisoners, men skilled in the art of secret death."
Charles was poor and ugly, derided by Genevese gamins, and not acceptable in drawing-rooms.
In encounters with guards and patrols he displayed the keenness of a detective and the valor of a gamin. Obstacles fell before him and became of assistance.
"I understand," said the child, with that jeering smile which marks especially the "gamin de Paris." "Well, we must wait."
A colourless, continuous wall ran down one flank of it, interrupted at intervals by dull-hued and dirt-stained doors, all shut fast and featureless save for the chalk scribbles of some passing gamin. The tops of trees, mostly rather depressing evergreens, showed at intervals over the top of the wall, and beyond them in the grey and purple gloaming could be seen the back of some long terrace of tall Parisian houses, really comparatively close, but somehow looking as inaccessible as a range of marble mountains.