Definition of gamin in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɡamɪn
, -mã/


A street urchin: [as modifier]: a small girl with her hair cut gamin short
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  • If Chicago lacks the vision to see ahead, it will reap the harvest of fostering a kindergarten on the streets where gamins learn crime.
  • Lacking formal education, adult supervision, and sometimes even a home, such youths were derided as ‘rats,’ ‘gamins,’ ‘urchins’ and ‘gutter-snipes.’
  • The Bowery Theater, in particular, was described as ‘a common ground for the gamins.’


mid 19th century: French, originally an eastern dialect word, of unknown origin.

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