Definition of street Arab in English:

street Arab

noun

archaic
  • A raggedly dressed homeless child wandering the streets.

    ‘the street Arabs gave him an awful time’
    • ‘There is one reference to this street in Van Gogh's letters, where, on c.17 September 1888, he refers disparagingly to ‘street Arabs’ and ‘loafers’ in the Rue du Bout d' Arles.’
    • ‘They are always amazed at the number of bars as compared to churches - 111 Protestant churches, chapels and places of worship below Fourteenth Street, 4,065 saloons-and shocked at the presence of ‘street Arabs,’ homeless boys.’
    • ‘He swears that the murderer was a young boy of around ten, probably a street Arab.’
    • ‘At the turn of the century it was the original Hooligans and what were termed ‘street Arabs’.’
    mischievous child, imp, monkey, puck, rascal, rogue, minx, mischief-maker, prankster, tearaway
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