Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tramp; a vagrant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A beggar or vagrant, especially in France.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as clocher.

Etymologies

French, from clocher, to limp, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *cloppicāre, from cloppus, lame person, alteration of Latin claudus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French clochard. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There was a clochard sitting on a milk crate in the alley behind the hotel.

    Babylon Nights

  • And the ever-present clown, but this clown resembles a Parisian clochard/street person whose attitude does not evoke sympathy or empathy — just a sense of unease; not unlike the unease that is created by four men with two invisible trampolines separated by an enormous wall that they keep landing on top of, only to be airborne again in one direction or the other.

    Buzzine » Cirque Berzerk!

  • Would we prefer that Emma Bovary didn't swallow the poison and instead became a clochard, cadging francs at the agricultural fair?

    July 2006

  • A clochard was asleep on the far pavement under a bush, his grizzled gray head resting on his extended arm, totally oblivious to the spray steadily heading his way.

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Isn't there something revolting about catering to the imagined needs of a tiny group of spoiled ladies, a Marie Antoinette–ish situation that reached its apotheosis when John Galliano showed his infamous clochard collection—the word means bum or hobo in French, and the tattered gowns, hand-stenciled to look filthy, trailed pots, pans, and other refuse—at the 1997 Dior haute couture show?

    Art in the Parks 3: Nan Kempner's Clothing

  • 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. Lestingois (Charles Granval), a middle-aged bookseller-a civic-minded liberal intellectual-flies from his shop, rescues Boudu from the currents, and brings him into his home.

    The New Yorker

  • 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.

    Books news, reviews and author interviews | guardian.co.uk

  • Mental instability was probably the main reason for this, and he was occasionally spotted by other musicians throughout the ensuing decades living as a clochard.

    bagatellen

  • He's the same age as I am, and I remember the character who used to busk on the cinema queues on the Left bank, a clochard who blew a wild sound out of a length of garden hose looped round his neck.

    wordsandmusic

  • The clochard was leaning against the hotel wall, watching them, where he’d been the whole time.

    Babylon Nights

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  • Hard to say. I checked more than one dictionary, and some give "cluh-sherd" as the preferred pronunciation while others (including American Heritage) give "cluh-shar."

    October 9, 2007

  • The dictionary gives two different pronunciations, cluh-sherd, and cluh-shar. Which is the preferred?

    October 9, 2007

  • In French, "Lady and the Tramp" is "La Belle et le Clochard"

    October 8, 2007

  • A tramp or vagrant.

    August 7, 2007