Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beggar.
- n. A beggar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A beggar; a begging impostor.
“According to Franicis Grose’s 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, a mumper was a genteel beggar.”
“It is by his being taught to contemplate himself as an out-law, as an out-cast, as a beggar, as a mumper, as one thrown as it were on a dunghill at an immense distance from his Creator, and who must make approaches by creeping, and cringing to intermediate beings, that he conceives either a contemptuous disregard for everything under the name of religion, or becomes indifferent, or turns what he calls devout.”
“His hutch, and that of the warren-cats his collaterals, was a long, spick-and-span new rack, a-top of which (as the mumper told us) some large stately mangers were fixed in the reverse.”
“Thus, said Friar John, at Seuille, the rascally beggars being one evening on a solemn holiday at supper in the spital, one bragged of having got six blancs, or twopence halfpenny; another eight liards, or twopence; a third, seven caroluses, or sixpence; but an old mumper made his vaunts of having got three testons, or five shillings.”
“As we entered their den, said a common mumper, to whom we had given half a teston, Worshipful culprits, God send you a good deliverance!”
“What an honest fellow was that same mumper who had forewarned us of all these things, and bid us take notice of the mangers above the racks!”
“Pity we've come such a way; it's too far to go back and proddle the auld mumper.”
“A 'flat' or a 'mumper' may do a job to get into prison, but I never do anything unless I believe I am to escape.”
“He dropped his umbrella and flung his arms three times up into the air and asked her in Romany what her name was, and if she was a mumper or a true Gypsy.”
“As he knelt his great jack-boots clicked together with apprehension, and he poured forth in a piping voice, like that of a Lincoln's Inn mumper, a string of pleadings, excuses, and entreaties, as though I were Feversham in person, and was about to order him to instant execution.”
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