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ur·chin

 (ûr′chĭn)
n.
1. A playful or mischievous youngster; a scamp.
2. A sea urchin.
3. Archaic A hedgehog.

[Middle English urchone, hedgehog, from Old French erichon, from Vulgar Latin *ērīciō, ērīciōn-, from Latin ērīcius, from ēr.]
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urchin

(ˈɜːtʃɪn)
n
1. a mischievous roguish child, esp one who is young, small, or raggedly dressed
2. (Animals) See sea urchin, heart urchin
3. (Animals) an archaic or dialect name for a hedgehog
4. (Mechanical Engineering) either of the two cylinders in a carding machine that are covered with carding cloth
5. (European Myth & Legend) obsolete an elf or sprite
[C13: urchon, from Old French heriçon, from Latin ēricius hedgehog, from ēr, related to Greek khēr hedgehog]
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ur•chin

(ˈɜr tʃɪn)

n.
1. a mischievous boy.
2. any small boy or youngster.
4. Chiefly Brit. Dial. hedgehog.
[1300–50; Middle English urchun, urchon hedgehog < Old North French (h)erichon, Old French heriçun < Vulgar Latin *hēricionem, acc. of *hēriciō, for Latin ēricius]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.urchin - poor and often mischievous city childurchin - poor and often mischievous city child
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
ragamuffin, tatterdemalion - a dirty shabbily clothed urchin
guttersnipe, street urchin - a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
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urchin

noun (Old-fashioned) ragamuffin, waif, guttersnipe, brat, mudlark (slang), gamin, street Arab (offensive), young rogue We were in the bazaar with all the little urchins watching us.
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Translations
ولَد شَقي
uličník
gadedreng
götustrákur
vaikėzas
resgalis
haylaz oğlanyaramaz çocuk

urchin

[ˈɜːtʃɪn] Npilluelo/a m/f, golfillo/a m/f
sea urchinerizo m de mar
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urchin

[ˈɜːrtʃɪn] ngarnement m
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urchin

nGassenkind nt; (mischievous) → Range f
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urchin

[ˈɜːtʃɪn] nmonello/a
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urchin

(ˈəːtʃin) noun
a mischievous, usually dirty or ragged, child, especially a boy. He was chased by a crowd of urchins.
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References in classic literature ?
'mischievous urchins,' I shall go away and break with you altogether.
I was told that there were still smaller ones, but they had been lost by some little cannibal urchins, the priest's children, who had stolen them to play marbles with.
As they were entering it, the wicked one, who is the author of all mischief, and the boys who are wickeder than the wicked one, contrived that a couple of these audacious irrepressible urchins should force their way through the crowd, and lifting up, one of them Dapple's tail and the other Rocinante's, insert a bunch of furze under each.
His soul palpitating with love of art, he painted the models who hung about the stairway of Bernini in the Piazza de Spagna, undaunted by their obvious picturesqueness; and his studio was full of canvases on which were portrayed moustachioed, large-eyed peasants in peaked hats, urchins in becoming rags, and women in bright petticoats.
He rose to his feet, flung aside the straw pallet upon the street urchins, and fled.
He was throwing stones at howling urchins from Devil's Row who were circling madly about the heap and pelting at him.
"Get out of the way, you little devils," George cried to a small crowd of damp urchins, that were hanging about the chapel-door.
In his hand he swayed a ferule, that sceptre of despotic power; the birch of justice reposed on three nails behind the throne, a constant terror to evil doers, while on the desk before him might be seen sundry contraband articles and prohibited weapons, detected upon the persons of idle urchins, such as half-munched apples, popguns, whirligigs, fly-cages, and whole legions of rampant little paper game-cocks.
At last one took the other aside, and said, 'That little urchin will make our fortune, if we can get him, and carry him about from town to town as a show; we must buy him.' So they went up to the woodman, and asked him what he would take for the little man.
One urchin shall hereafter be a doctor, and administer pills and potions, and stalk gravely through life, perfumed with assafoetida.
The door, which moved with difficulty on its creaking and rusty hinges, being forced quite open, a square and sturdy little urchin became apparent, with cheeks as red as an apple.
David Blythe had sent his horse and buggy to meet them, and the urchin who had brought it slipped away with a sympathetic grin, leaving them to the delight of driving alone to their new home through the radiant evening.