spalpeen

spalpeen

[spal-peen, spal-peen]
noun Irish English.
1.
a lad or boy.
2.
a rascal; scamp.

Origin:
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)
 
n
1.  an itinerant seasonal labourer
2.  a rascal or layabout
 
[C18: from Irish Gaelic spailpín itinerant labourer]

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