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spalpeen

[spal-peen, spal-peen] /spælˈpin, ˈspæl pin/
noun, Irish English
1.
a lad or boy.
2.
a rascal; scamp.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Irish spailpín seasonal hired laborer, rude person, scamp, equivalent to spailp spell, bout, turn + -ín noun suffix
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spalpeen

/ˈspælpiːn/
noun (Irish)
1.
an itinerant seasonal labourer
2.
a rascal or layabout
Word Origin
C18: from Irish Gaelic spailpín itinerant labourer
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