from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a beggar or vagrant, especially a professional one
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A born beggar; a vagabond.
- n. A lecher; a lewd person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vagabond who lies upon straw; a lecher; a lewd person.
_And couch till a palliard docked my dell_ = (literally) 'And lie quiet while a beggar deflowered my girl', but here probably = while a beggar fornicates with my mistress.
Next to the knight of Malta stood the whip-jack, habited in his sailor gear -- striped shirt and dirty canvas trousers; and adjoining him was the palliard, a loathsome tatterdemalion, his dress one heap of rags, and his discolored skin one mass of artificial leprosy and imposthumes.
The limping palliard tore the bandages from his mock wounds, shouldered his crutch, and trudged hastily after them.
He ran back a few yards to give himself an impetus, returned, and, placing his hands upon the shoulders of a stalwart vagabond near to him, threw a summerset upon the broad cap of a palliard, who was so jammed in the midst that he could not have stirred to avoid the shock; thence, without pausing, he vaulted forwards, and dropped lightly upon the ground in front of
At the lunch where she met the Mauritius foreign minister, guests were offered a lavish menu of chicken palliard with roasted vegetables, Gruyere cheese on a bed of mixed greens, candied walnuts and crumbled soft cheese drizzled in raspberry vinaigrette.