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Meaning of URCHIN

Pronunciation:  'urchin

WordNet Dictionary
[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
  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
             And the urchins that stand with their thievish eyes
             Forever on watch ran off each with a prize. --W.
             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

See munchkin.

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