Definitions

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

  • n. An often homeless girl who roams about the streets; an urchin.
  • n. A girl or woman of impish appeal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a female street urchin
  • n. a mischievous, playful, elfish, pert girl or young woman
  • adj. having a boyish, mischievous charm; tomboyish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a homeless girl who roams the streets
  • n. a girl of impish appeal

Etymologies

French, feminine of gamin, gamin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Even a 'gamine' (!) metropolitan poof like me finds the typical infants school to be a revoltingly feminised place: it brings out my inner caveman and I just want to run along the corridors swearing and farting and kicking things.

    No Blacks Allowed.....(?)

  • Like most, I found the movie Amélie to be magical and delightful and inventive and wasted no time falling madly in love with the "gamine" Audrey Tautou, (as she is invariably referred).

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  • Her scandalously gamine wardrobe of men's blazers, jodphurs and tweed waistcoats was the germ of the suits made of jersey used for fisherman's underwear that built her empire.

    Damsels in His Dress

  • Her perpetual gamine frame and overly long legs placed her on the cover of fashion and beauty magazines worldwide.

    Louis Licari: Back to the Future

  • This time, rising above the pages gushing about the gamine who starred in Roman Holiday, there was a link providing information about an attorney who was, at least for a time, based in Malta: Ms. Audrey Fino.

    In the Plex

  • The movie industry may have predisposed the public to think of Sabrina as little more than an adorable fashion plate -- a gamine Hepburn in Givenchy.

    Ford Theatre's 'Sabrina Fair' puts race, not class, center stage

  • Tory Burch used comfy-looking flats and gamine heels.

    The New Neutral: a Rainbow

  • It's a bit of a stretch to believe someone as fetching as Jess would need help in the dating marketplace, but her gamine awkwardness is awfully funny.

    Matt's Guide to Tuesday Night TV: New and Returning Shows

  • The movie then jumps seven years, during which time Gordon has written a bestseller called Is Greed Good?, and his estranged daughter, Winnie Gekko (the gamine Carey Mulligan), has rejected greed in favour of green to join an online charitable organisation devoted to exposing environmental despoilers.

    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – review

  • Fallene Wells, aged 29 from Denver, is clearly the show's gamine with her tats and smart sassy clothes.

    Holly Cara Price: Rubbernecking Recap: Project Runway Season 9 Premiere, "Come as You Are"

Comments

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  • A young hallucinating gentleman, gamine, with pre-Raphaelite blond curls that would have given Robert Plant's a run for his money, injudiciously wandered away from his hallucinating friends and all but fell into my lap...Well. No pain felt he. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 18, 2012

  • Go.

    February 2, 2009

  • gamine charm -- like the Steelers

    February 2, 2009

  • A stick thin girl who would look good in a pixie cut. :)

    Gamine is also an adjective meaning mischievous - gamine charm

    February 2, 2009

  • Can this be used to mean prostitute or something of the manner? Looking at the definitions it seems like it might have that connotation, but I've never heard it used in context before.

    November 13, 2008

  • My wife came across this word while reading and asked me what it meant. I explained that it was a small rodent that was cultivate for its fur, like a sable. It fit the context, and life went on.

    March 19, 2008

  • And how.

    July 24, 2007

  • Audrey Hepburn apparently epitomizes this adjective.

    July 24, 2007