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gossoon

Line breaks: gos|soon
Pronunciation: /ɡɒˈsuːn
 
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Definition of gossoon in English:

noun

Irish
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.

Origin

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

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