panhandler

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Etymology[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

panhandler (plural panhandlers)

  1. One who panhandles; an urban beggar who typically stands on a street with an outstretched container in hand, begging for loose change.
  2. A bum.

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