n.1.A vagabond; a vagrant.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It will attempt to achieve such a precarious outcome through the exorcism of a stranger: a German alchemist, Dousterswivel, who is called throughout the novel by various characters a "landlouper" (127, 213, 418), a fitting name in Scots for a vagabond, for it is the nation's landed interest that is threatened most by his speculative monetary schemes.
The threat has been displaced onto a "High-German landlouper, Dousterswivel" (127), a swindler who, claiming to possess mystical powers, "debouch[es] the spirit of the ignorant and credulous with mystical trash as effectively as if they had besotted their brains with gin, and then pick[s] their pockets with the same facility" (128).
(37.) In his frenzied state of mind over the "absurd and expensive operations carried on by this High-German landlouper," Wardour resembles the infatuated victims of the South Sea Bubble, whose condition was often described in terms of delirium and madness.