A rascal; a scoundrel.
A scamp or rascal.
Origin of spalpeen
- Irish spailpín rascal, itinerant farm laborer diminutive of spailp conceited fellow from spailp pride, bragging, loafing about with a conceited air
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- A late 18th century term, From Irish spailpÃn.