crustie

Definition

Slang

  • noun a homeless person and/or beggar, especially a member of a militant subculture of importunate vagrants of the early 1990s, centred on the English West Country, who practised deliberate self-degradation and embraced personal filthiness (hence the name, from the encrustations on bodies and clothing). Other names for members of the same subculture were fraggles, hedgers, scrotes, smellies, soap-dodgers and cider-punks.
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