Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who writes begging letters, or draws colored-chalk pictures on the pavements.

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Examples

  • I'd never encountered the term "screever" until I was getting ready for a trip to Europe.

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  • At that time there was a screever almost every twenty-five yards along the Embankment — twenty-five yards being the recognized minimum between pitches.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • The hurdy-gurdy player and the penny jester: the cheap john and the screever.

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  • Bozo contemptuously pointed out an old white-bearded screever fifty yards away.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • He returned to England, spent his money in looking for jobs, tried hawking books in Middlesex Street market, then tried selling toys from a tray, and finally settled down as a screever.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • ” So I had a pint, and since that day I’ve been a screever.

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  • He seemed a very unusual screever, and he was, moreover, the first person I had heard maintain that poverty did not matter.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • At that time there was a screever almost every twenty-five yards along the Embankmenttwenty-five yards being the recognized minimum between pitches.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • We are told also that he was very indolent, and late in life came upon such evil days that he established himself at a corner of the Piazza, where Rosen's book-shop now is, and sold sketches to whomever would buy for whatever they would fetch; which is only one remove from a London screever.

    A Wanderer in Venice

  • But as his nerves recovered their tone, as the horrors of his life as a screever faded into softer tints, as that boon of poor humanity -- forgetfulness -- healed his wounds, and he began to go about the streets without thinking of the hunchback at every corner, he felt more and more inclined to risk any thing to know how his old friends fared.

    Jan of the Windmill

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