Irish a small landowner; petty squire
Origin of squireensquir(e) + -een, Irish diminutive suffix from Gaelic -in
- A person who is half squire, half farmer.
- "About 1730 the poet and squireen Huw Hughes wrote to the great scholar Lewis Morris that all the defenders of the old language had gone to sleep." - Prys Morgan, in "The Invention of Tradition"
- Used by Graham in Poldark Novels freighted with contempt implying the objects of contempt were self-promoted or "jumped up".