Spalpeen meaning

spăl-pēn
A rascal; a scoundrel.
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A scamp or rascal.
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(Ireland) A poor migratory farm worker in Ireland, often viewed as a rascal or mischievous and cunning person.
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(Ireland) A good-for-nothing person, often used so-named during a good humored ridicule.
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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 spailpín.

    From Wiktionary