St Giles' Greek

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The term comes from the St Giles' area of present-day central London which, during the 17th and 18th centuries, was notorious as a refuge for thieves and other criminals.

Proper noun[edit]

St Giles' Greek

  1. (cant) A secret language, as spoken by beggars and thieves.

References[edit]

  • The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.