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Word of the Day: guttersnipe

Friday, October 23, 2020

guttersnipe • \GUTT-er-snype\ • noun
1 : a young vagabond : an outcast boy or girl in the streets of a city

2 : a person of the lowest moral or economic station


"He had blackmailed another ten dollars out of the urchin, also forcing the waif to watch the wagon while he spent the afternoon at Leow's State watching a film about drag-racing teenagers. The guttersnipe was definitely a discovery…."— John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces, 1980

"Uneducated flower girl Eliza Doolittle, on the other hand, transforms from what Higgins calls a 'guttersnipe' into a proper lady." — Rohan Preston, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), 5 Mar. 2020
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