Definition of urchin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɜːtʃɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɜːrtʃɪn//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) a young child who is poor and dirty, often one who has no home a dirty little street urchin
  2. 2 = sea urchin
  3. Word OriginMiddle English hirchon, urchon ‘hedgehog’, from Old Northern French herichon, based on Latin hericius ‘hedgehog’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: urchin

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