Definition of bosthoon in English:

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bosthoon

Pronunciation: /ˈbɒstuːn/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also bostoon)

noun

Irish
An uncouth or ignorant man or boy.
Example sentences
  • That's Tears and Rust, not Tears ‘in’ Rust, you shower of bosthoons.
  • He had stood there, like a big bostoon of a boy, open-mouthed and speechless since she had first arrived.
  • Maybe one day I'll take a fancy to one of them and go off to live like a lady, and not be treated like a great strapping bosthoon of a hired hand.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Irish bastún.

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