from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A girl brought up at a charity-school or on a charitable foundation.


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  • The would-be charity-girl has a penchant for stealing medicine from the Indian pharmacist she works for, while he likes to watch the crack between her legs as she stands on a stool.

    Karin Badt: From the Berlinale: Madonna

  • I had only a cotton gown on and no shawl, and Kier (my maid) said I came to the door like a shivering charity-girl, with the rain streaming off the brim of my hat.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • Mr. Stevens rang so loudly at the door, as to quite startle his wife and the charity-girl, both of whom had fallen into a sound sleep, as they sat together awaiting his return.

    The Garies and Their Friends

  • Mrs. Stevens made a very hasty toilette, and descended to the kitchen, where the little charity-girl was bustling about with her eyes only half open.

    The Garies and Their Friends

  • Now, in all her life, Mrs. Stevens had never heard her husband utter a note, and being greatly frightened at the unusual noise upon the door-step, held a hurried consultation with the charity-girl upon the best mode of proceeding.

    The Garies and Their Friends

  • The poorest charity-girl that stared at her from the gallery would not that day have envied the bride.

    Agatha's Husband A Novel

  • Poor Mrs. Shindy and the children are, meanwhile, in dingy lodgings somewhere, waited upon by a charity-girl in pattens.

    The Book of Snobs

  • Margo sighed unhappily, earning as long, curious look from Connie, then she shook herself free of the mood and said brightly, "Okay, about this charity-girl costume.

    Time Scout

  • Most heartily can I sympathise with the little charity-girl who is said to have written to some friend, "I think, when I grows up, I'll never go to church no more.

    The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (Rev. C. L. Dodgson)

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