Share this entry

gossoon Line breaks: gos|soon
Pronunciation: /ɡɒˈsuːn/

Definition of gossoon in English:


A lad.
Example sentences
  • There was ne'er a gossoon in the village dared tread on the tail of my coat.
  • Well, they were going through a village, and a whole army of gossoons were hunting a poor dog with a kettle tied to his tail.
  • He told Dublin relief workers to round up 700 poor gossoons and colleens.


Late 17th century: from French garçon 'boy'.

Definition of gossoon in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

More on gossoon

Nearby words

Translate gossoon

into Italian
Word of the day haughty
Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
arrogantly superior and disdainful