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Meaning of URCHIN

Pronunciation:  'urchin

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  poor and often mischievous city child
 

URCHIN is a 6 letter word that starts with U.

 

 See Also: child, fry, guttersnipe, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, ragamuffin, shaver, small fry, street urchin, tatterdemalion, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ur"chin\, n. [OE. urchon, irchon, a hedgehog, OF.
    ire[,c]on, eri[,c]on, heri?on, herichon, F. h['e]risson, a
    derivative fr. L. ericius, from er a hedgehog, for her; akin
    to Gr. ?. Cf. {Herisson}.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) A hedgehog.
    
    2. (Zo["o]l.) A sea urchin. See {Sea urchin}.
    
    3. A mischievous elf supposed sometimes to take the form a
       hedgehog. ``We 'll dress [them] like urchins, ouphes, and
       fairies.'' --Shak.
    
    4. A pert or roguish child; -- now commonly used only of a
       boy.
    
             And the urchins that stand with their thievish eyes
             Forever on watch ran off each with a prize. --W.
                                                   Howitt.
    
             You did indeed dissemble, you urchin you; but
             where's the girl that won't dissemble for an
             husband?                              --Goldsmith.
    
    5. One of a pair in a series of small card cylinders,
       arranged around a carding drum; -- so called from its
       fancied resemblance to the hedgehog. --Knight.
    
    {Urchin fish} (Zo["o]l.), a diodon.
    
    
  2. \Ur"chin\, a.
    Rough; pricking; piercing. [R.] ``Helping all urchin
    blasts.'' --Milton.
    
    
 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

See munchkin.

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