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urchin (noun) a small dirty, untidy child.
A small child who is dirty and untidy and who most often doesn’t have a home is an urchin. A street urchin is also used to describe such a child.
- An urchin was found stealing food from a restaurant. The small dirty untidy child felt hungry and so resorted to theft.
- The government wants bring about a law to provide homes for urchins. That will be of great help to the street children who are dirty, untidy and homeless.