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poteen Syllabification: po·teen
Pronunciation: /päˈtēn/
(also potheen)

Definition of poteen in English:


chiefly Irish
Alcohol made illicitly, typically from potatoes.
Example sentences
  • For more than a wee while, we discussed the potato and poteen, that wickedly potent brew that has been known to kick-start a reluctant cow into labour.
  • The distiller recommends only drinking the 180 proof poteen with mixers.
  • There in the shebeen they sold poteen and punch while in the pubs, beer and spirits were available.


Early 19th century: from Irish (fuisce) poitín 'little pot (of whiskey)', diminutive of pota 'pot'.

Words that rhyme with poteen

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