Definition of mudlark in English:


(also mudlarker)


  • 1A person who scavenges in river mud for objects of value.

    • ‘Wheeler is a mudlark, an orphan aged about 10, scavenging a living on the banks of the Thames in London.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mudlarks and the River Police are thorough, unlike some.’
    • ‘It is a London voice, it is the sound of the mudlark children in the clay flats herding their goats, selling their dung.’
    rummage, search, hunt, look, forage, root about, root around, scratch about, scratch around, grub about, grub around
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    1. 1.1historical A scruffy or dirty child who spent most of the time on the street.
      • ‘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.’
      mischievous child, imp, monkey, puck, rascal, rogue, minx, mischief-maker, prankster, tearaway
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