Definition of sleeveen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsliːviːn/
Pronunciation: /sliːˈviːn/


Irish informal
An untrustworthy or cunning person.
Example sentences
  • Brennan glided to power as general secretary of his party during the sleeveen Taoiseachship of Jack Lynch.
  • Indeed, blaming bad local governance and the existence of corrupt middlemen is like concluding that our sleeveens and gombeen-men of the 1840s were responsible for the Famine.
  • But for the sleeveen's litigious scam to work, all that is needed is for the rest of us still to trust each other just enough.


Mid 19th century: from Irish slibhin 'trickster'.

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