from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Originally, a mendicant lunatic from Bethlehem Hospital, London.
  • noun An impostor who wandered about the country seeking alms, under pretense of lunacy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of a set of vagabonds who formerly roamed through England, feigning lunacy for the sake of obtaining alms.
  • noun to feign sickness.


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