Definition of poteen in English:


Syllabification: po·teen
Pronunciation: /pəˈtēn, -ˈCHēn
(also potheen)


chiefly Irish
  • Alcohol made illicitly, typically from potatoes.
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    • 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'.

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