from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A girl brought up at a charity-school or on a charitable foundation.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The would-be charity-girl has a penchant for stealing medicine from the Indian pharmacist she works for, while he likes to watch the crack between her legs as she stands on a stool.

    Karin Badt: From the Berlinale: Madonna

  • I had only a cotton gown on and no shawl, and Kier (my maid) said I came to the door like a shivering charity-girl, with the rain streaming off the brim of my hat.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • Mr. Stevens rang so loudly at the door, as to quite startle his wife and the charity-girl, both of whom had fallen into a sound sleep, as they sat together awaiting his return.

    The Garies and Their Friends

  • Mrs. Stevens made a very hasty toilette, and descended to the kitchen, where the little charity-girl was bustling about with her eyes only half open.

    The Garies and Their Friends

  • Now, in all her life, Mrs. Stevens had never heard her husband utter a note, and being greatly frightened at the unusual noise upon the door-step, held a hurried consultation with the charity-girl upon the best mode of proceeding.

    The Garies and Their Friends

  • The poorest charity-girl that stared at her from the gallery would not that day have envied the bride.

    Agatha's Husband A Novel

  • Poor Mrs. Shindy and the children are, meanwhile, in dingy lodgings somewhere, waited upon by a charity-girl in pattens.

    The Book of Snobs

  • Margo sighed unhappily, earning as long, curious look from Connie, then she shook herself free of the mood and said brightly, "Okay, about this charity-girl costume.

    Time Scout

  • Most heartily can I sympathise with the little charity-girl who is said to have written to some friend, "I think, when I grows up, I'll never go to church no more.

    The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (Rev. C. L. Dodgson)


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.