1. [late 18C–early 19C] a confidence trickster, a cheat, esp. when telling ‘sob-stories’ or posing as a deaf-mute.
2. [mid-19C–1910s] a joker; in theatrical context, esp. of comedians, one who ad-libs.
3. [late 19C-1930s] a tramp, a beggar, who uses ’true’ stories to enhance the basic beggar’s entreaties.
4. [1940s] (US Und.) a receiver of stolen goods.
5. [1940s] (US tramp) a tramp who makes a living by telling stories.