One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in France) a beggar; a vagrant.
tramp, beggarman, beggarwoman, vagrant, vagabond, down-and-out, homeless person, derelict, mendicantView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The clochards in our neighborhood get to spend the night sheltered under the bushes of the empty lot.’
- ‘His characters are often marginal to the point of near nonexistence, Beckett's clochards with backstories, Conrad's adventurers in a shabbier key.’
French, from clocher ‘to limp’.
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