Panhandler meaning

panhandlər
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A beggar, esp. one who begs on the streets.
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One who panhandles; an urban beggar who typically stands on a street with an outstretched container in hand, begging for loose change.
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A bum.
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Origin of panhandler

  • Obscure. Speculative. Panhandling always seems to involve a container for receiving loose change, so perhaps referring to a small, handled pan or to the container as the pan and the arm[s] holding it as the handle.

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