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- n. One who panhandles; an urban beggar who typically stands on a street with an outstretched container in hand, begging for loose change.
- n. A bum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A street beggar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money
Obscure. Speculative. Panhandling always seems to involve a container for receiving loose change, so perhaps referring to a small, handled pan or to the container as the pan and the arm[s] holding it as the handle. (Wiktionary)