Urchin meaning

ûrchĭn
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A playful or mischievous youngster; a scamp.
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The definition of an urchin is a poor and mischievous child, or a sea creature with a hard shell and long spines.

An example of an urchin is a homeless child.

An example of an urchin is a collector urchin.

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A child who is poor, ragged, etc. and, often, mischievous or undisciplined.
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A hedgehog.
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A hedgehog.
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A street kid, a child from a poor neighborhood.
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(archaic) A hedgehog.
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A sea urchin.
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A mischievous elf supposed sometimes to take the form a hedgehog.
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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.

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A sea urchin.
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An elf.
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Origin of urchin

  • Middle English urchone hedgehog from Old French erichon from Vulgar Latin ērīciō ērīciōn- from Latin ērīcius from ēr

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ultimately from Latin ericius (“hedgehog").

    From Wiktionary