from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) A vagrant; a tramp.
Joyce at least responds with paternal solicitude when Beckett is stabbed in the chest by a crazed clochard and intervenes to secure him a private room at the hospital.
Jean Renoir's 1932 satire about the paired hypocrisies of bien-pensant humanism and mal-pensant indifference is centered on a satyr: Boudu (Michel Simon), a dog-bearded clochard, who, after losing his shaggy black poodle and meeting with insults and condescension, flings himself into the Seine from Paris's Pont des Arts.
King Edward the Third built in the little sanctuarie a clochard of stone and timber, and placed therein three bells, for the vse of Saint Stephen's Chappel.
'Clochard' comes from the French 'clocher,' to limp, which ultimately comes from the Vulgar Latin 'cloppus,' lame person.