from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who panhandles; an urban beggar who typically stands on a street with an outstretched container in hand, begging for loose change.
- n. A bum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A street beggar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money
Does anyone know where the term panhandler comes from?
This fellow has been around for a long time - a gringo "panhandler" - I was amazed the first time I saw him and tried to find out more about him but failed.
I’d learnt the word panhandler from Zole the day before.
And, while you're thinking, stop to think, also, that a 'panhandler' doesn't do his work with a knife.
Commuters saw a different kind of panhandler Monday as
The case was dismissed on the premise that calling a charitable organization a "panhandler" was not going to hurt its reputation or influence how it conducts its business.
Helping a homeless person become a better panhandler might do more harm than good.
• When I lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, my ride was often interrupted by a panhandler who said he was an alien and needed money for space fuel to return to his home planet.
I told them he was a pointer/mix, but I thought it was downright odd, like asking a panhandler for directions without scrounging up a quarter for him.
But for awhile, until the right wing blogs started to hump it, he was avoiding it like a urine stained panhandler at a bus stop.