Definition of clochard in English:


nounPlural clochards

  • (in France) a beggar; a vagrant.

    ‘clochards drinking in doorways’
    • ‘His characters are often marginal to the point of near nonexistence, Beckett's clochards with backstories, Conrad's adventurers in a shabbier key.’
    • ‘The clochards in our neighborhood get to spend the night sheltered under the bushes of the empty lot.’
    • ‘For Dolce & Gabbana, a man has to be a bit of a romantic clochard, a refined sort bricklayer of deeply Mediterranean looks, dark and expressive.’
    tramp, beggarman, beggarwoman, vagrant, vagabond, down-and-out, homeless person, derelict, mendicant
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French, from clocher ‘to limp’.