from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A particular kind of swindling beggar. See the quotation.
  • n. A begging-letter writer.


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  • (noun) - (1) He that can write and reade, and sometime speake Latin. He useth these skills to make counterfaite licences which they call gybes, and sets to seales, in their language falsified documents called jarks. --John Awdelay's Fraternitye of Vagabondes, 1561 (2) Yea, the jarkman is so cunning sometimes that he can speake Latine, which learning of his lifts him up to advancement. By that means he becomes Clarke of their Hall, and his office is to make counterfeit licenses, to which he puts seales, and those are termed jarkes. --Thomas Dekker's The Belman of London, 1608 (3) Jark was rogues' cant for a seal, whence also a license of the Bethlehem Hospital "Bedlam" to beg. --Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1870

    April 22, 2018

  • See citation on pailliard.

    September 6, 2008

  • A vagabond who fabricates counterfeit passes, licenses and certificates for others.

    May 12, 2008