Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An often homeless boy who roams about the streets; an urchin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A street urchin; a homeless boy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A neglected and untrained city boy; a young street Arab.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A neglected and precociously knowing street-boy; an unruly boy running about at his own will. Also called street Arab.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets

Etymologies

French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gamin. (Wiktionary)

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  • To trade the wretched rags of famine
    For the splendid livery of mammon,
    They practice their smiles
    And ingratiating wiles,
    So grow adept in ways of the gamin.

    February 26, 2014

  • feminine is gamine.

    June 20, 2008

  • His second man teacher was Mr Athens Olympus - by his changeful face a gamin hieratic type or a late Greek deity of Marseilles...

    - Louis Zukofsky, Little

    June 20, 2008