from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A playful or mischievous youngster; a scamp.
- noun A sea urchin.
- noun Archaic A hedgehog.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A hedgehog. See
- noun A sea-urchin.
- noun An elf; a fairy: from the supposition that it sometimes took the form of a hedgehog.
- noun A roguish child; a mischievous boy.
- noun One of a pair of small cylinders covered with card-clothing, used in connection with the card-drum in a carding-machine.
- Elfish; mischievous.
- Trifling; foolish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) A hedgehog.
- noun (Zoöl.) A sea urchin. See
- noun A mischievous elf supposed sometimes to take the form a hedgehog.
- noun A pert or roguish child; -- now commonly used only of a boy.
- noun One of a pair in a series of small card cylinders, arranged around a carding drum; -- so called from its fancied resemblance to the hedgehog.
- noun (Zoöl.) a diodon.
- adjective rare Rough; pricking; piercing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
- noun street kid, a child from a poor
- noun archaic A
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun poor and often mischievous city child
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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"'I'm the King of the Castle,'" chanted the urchin from the topmost pinnacle.
He is a very pleasant and obliging character, and dotingly fond of little Alex, from knowing and loving and honouring all his family; and this you will a little guess is something of an avenue to a certain urchin's madre.
While this was passing, the birling had drawn close to the boat; and Murray, shaking hands with his uncle and aunt, exclaimed to Wallace, "That urchin is such a monopolizer, I see you have not a greeting for anyone else."
All the festivities of the wedding-day destroyed, till this dear unlucky urchin is found.
Heywood fancied the urchin was a wild beast of some sort on two legs, but a second glance convinced him that he was a real boy.
Only the live prawn went uneaten and most of the sea urchin, which is a more complicated story.
I too noted the change from addressing the reader to addressing the urchin, which is what confused me, but it works, so that’s what’s important!
The name "urchin" comes from their body's close resemblance to the spine-covered hedgehog.
'Urchin blasts' is probably here used generally for what in _Arcades_, 49-53, are called "noisome winds and blasting vapours chill,"'urchin' being common in the sense of 'goblin'
WNW is "urchin," ` defined as "a small child, esp. a boy, who is poor, ragged, etc. and often mischievous or undisciplined."
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