[gam-in] /ˈgæm ɪn/

a neglected boy left to run about the streets; street urchin.
/ˈɡæmɪn; French ɡamɛ̃/
a street urchin; waif

“street urchin,” 1837, from French gamin (18c.), perhaps from Berrichon dialect gamer “to steal.” Introduced in English in translations of Hugo.

Un groupe d’enfants, de ces petits sauvages vanu-pieds qui ont de tout temps battu le pavé de Paris sous le nom éternel de gamins, et qui, lorsque nous étions enfants aussi, nous ont jeté des pierres à tous, le soir, au sortir de classe, parce que nos pantalons n’étaient pas déchirés; etc. [Hugo, “Notre-Dame de Paris”]


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