1. [17C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a wandering beggar, adopting tattered clothing and posing as a madman.
2. [mid-17C] a counterfeiter.
[19C] working as a writer of begging letters, the pursuit of many small-time 19C confidence tricksters.
[late 19C] any form of spurious occupation, esp. some form of confidence trick.
see separate entries.