Definition of mudlark in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌdlɑːk/
(also mudlarker)


1A person who scavenges in river mud for objects of value.
Example sentences
  • The mudlarks and the River Police are thorough, unlike some.
  • The floating fire was removed and a peasant mudlark called Osric was sent in to delve down in the nice warm water to see if there was anything left of the pots or just a soggy mass of clay in the bottom.
  • Unlike the street-sellers, whose lives were solitary, the mudlarks formed organised communities.
1.1 historical A scruffy or dirty child who spent most of the time on the street.
Example sentences
  • In London where I've lived and worked, the real mudlark, the historical one, was a child who lived in the gutter, as it were.
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