Spalpeen Definition

spăl-pēn
noun
A scamp or rascal.
Webster's New World

(Ireland) A poor migratory farm worker in Ireland, often viewed as a rascal or mischievous and cunning person.

Wiktionary

(Ireland) A good-for-nothing person, often used so-named during a good humored ridicule.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Spalpeen

Noun

Singular:
spalpeen
Plural:
spalpeens

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

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