1. [16C–19C] a ne’er-do-well who, accompanied by his woman, wanders the country, mixing villainy and legitimate work, pursuing neither, it appears, with particular enthusiasm (sometimes known as the drunken tinker n.).
2. [mid-16C–19C] (also prigman) a thief, orig. use a mendicant villain who specializes in stealing clothes from hedgerows where they are left to dry, or poultry from the farmyard.
3. [late 17C–mid-19C] a dandy, a fop.
4. [18C–mid-19C] a cheat.
5. a pickpocket; a petty thief.
[early 18C] the characteristics of thieving.
1. [late 17C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) having the characteristics of a thief.
2. having the characteristics of a conceited young dandy.
see separate entry.
[late 17C–early 19C] (UK Und.) a thief-taker, thus a policeman.
1. a leading thief, esp. one who acts as a receiver for the robberies of colleagues.
2. the King of the Gypsies.