clo·chard /ˈkloʊʃərd/

a beggar; vagrant; tramp.

1940–45; < F, der. of clocher to limp < L clopus lame


In the underground passage was the usual cast of characters. Two vagrants, clochards, were stumbling along, one of whom, holding a bottle of red wine, would from time to time lazily turn to passersby and with a disarming smile ask for a contribution.

Source: Immortality by Milan Kundera.