Definition of spalpeen in English:


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Pronunciation: /spalˈpiːn


  • A rascal.
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    • The two spalpeens laughed and dodged through traffic to the opposite side of the narrow street.
    • The spalpeen attempted to resist the officers of the law, and we clubbed him over the head a bit.
    • In the later 19th century spalpeens were most commonly employed as potato diggers.


late 18th century (denoting a migratory farm worker): from Irish spailpín, of unknown origin.

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