Definitions

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  • n. One of the poorer classes of Neapolitans; beggars.
  • n. Playboy, someone who does not work and devotes himself to a life without commitments or responsibilities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of those members of the poorer classes in Naples who earn a scanty subsistence as messengers, porters, and occasional laborers, or by fishing, but have no fixed habitation, and spend the most of their time in idling and begging.

Etymologies

Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The lazzarone is a godsend for M. Dumas, an admirable peg upon which to hang his quaint conceit and sly satire; and he is accordingly frequently introduced in the course of the three volumes.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 341, March, 1844

  • Transteverin is the man of the faubourgs, its hammal is the market-porter, its lazzarone is the pegre, its cockney is the native of Ghent.

    Les Miserables

  • You have a barbarian, the monk, and a savage, the lazzarone.

    Les Miserables

  • As one French observer noted, “When a lazzarone has earned four or five coins to have some macaroni for the day, he no longer worries about tomorrow and stops working.”

    Delizia!

  • Carlos and his lazzarone son, Ferdinand, gently sponsored a new Neapolitan patriotism, and an ethos of public service.

    Delizia!

  • Indeed, a meal of maccheroni seemed to be the central goal of their existence, the very definition of lazzarone bliss.

    Delizia!

  • When he got a bit of sunshine, the old lazzarone basked in it; he prated about his own affairs and past splendour, and all the lords, generals, and Lord – Lieutenants he had ever known.

    The History of Pendennis

  • Englishman, who seized the little statue that he coveted from under the very nose of the astounded invalid, put it into his pocket, and, jumping over the string, ran off as hard as he could, accompanied by the lazzarone.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 341, March, 1844

  • He had scarcely made a stroke, however, when the soldier and the lazzarone approached him.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 341, March, 1844

  • We must make room for one more extract, in which he figures in conjunction with his friend the sbirro or gendarme, who before being invested with a uniform, and armed with carbine, pistols, and sabre, has frequently been a lazzarone himself, and usually preserves the instincts and tastes of his former station.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 341, March, 1844

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