stroller, noun

Origin:
Scottish, EnglishShow more Special sense of (Scottish) English stroller vagrant, itinerant beggar.
slang
A homeless young urban vagrant, a street child. Cf. Malalapipe.
1986 W. Schärf et al. in Burman & Reynolds Growing Up 262A stroller is someone who don’t sleep by his house — he sleeps in the street. He don’t eat by his house — he eats by the bins. A stroller is someone who thinks he is free...It’s a nice name for us.
1987 L. Beake Strollers 35Gangs didn’t bother strollers — not unless strollers did something unacceptable, that is.
1987 L. Beake Strollers 79The things they normally picked strollers up for, like spitting or loitering, or putting your feet on a bench or begging. Man, they could even pick you up for just being there.
1987 Personality 16 Dec. 77Cape Town’s twilight children who call themselves Strollers.
1987 L. Butler in Fair Lady 30 Sept. 6Waysel, a Hillbrow stroller, obviously no more than a malnourished 10 year old, told us he was 17...The only certain thing in his hand-to-mouth existence was how to spell his own name.
1989 Femina Oct. 74In this country there are estimated to be about 9 000 children living on the streets of our cities...‘Strollers’ they’re called and some are as young as four.
1992 South 27 Feb. 3At a traffic light a little stroller taps on my car window in the drizzle, cupping his hands in a begging gesture.
A homeless young urban vagrant, a street child.
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Hence stroll intransitive verb, to live as a vagrant; so strolling verbal noun, this way of life.
1987 L. Beake Strollers 6‘Strolling’s,’ he paused, looking for the right word, ‘like free. Yes, man, freedom’s what it’s all about. I been going now for years. My folks don’t mind. One less mouth, my Da always says.’
1987 L. Beake Strollers 7‘You’ll find us when you change your mind,’ he said cheerfully. ‘Town’s where I most often stroll.’ Then he was gone.
1987 L. Beake Strollers 9He knew..that to stroll meant to stay out of sight and out of trouble.
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