Definitions for: Urchin


[n] poor and often mischievous city child



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


Ur"chin, a.
Rough; pricking; piercing. [R.] ``Helping all urchin
blasts.'' --Milton.

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

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