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[go-soon] /gɒˈsun/
noun, Irish English.
a boy; lad.
Origin of gossoon
1675-85; < Irish garsún boy < Anglo-French, Old French garçon Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gossoon
Historical Examples
  • Not bad travelling, Captain, for a bit of a gossoon like that.'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • gossoon,' he says, 'put a keg iv sherry wine on th' ice,' he says.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War

    Finley Peter Dunne
  • There isn't a gossoon in the three baronies but knows that.'

  • Whoi, you gossoon, I'd never go near the ould spot at all, at all.

    Jiglets Walter Jones
  • "The gossoon said he was to wait for an answer, miss," she says, insinuatingly.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • He is a raal jewel, that gossoon o' mine, an' the light of his father's eyes.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • A gossoon from Kilrush, y'r reverence, with a bit of a note for the gentleman there.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  • It's more than forty years ago, an' though I was no more nor a gossoon myself, I remimber it like yestherday.

    The Purcell Papers Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Sure, av ye were a raal gentleman ye'd be givin' a fippenny-bit to the gossoon there, that sarved you.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • It's right ye should hear what the gossoon fought his way up from to where he stands now.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for gossoon


(Irish) a boy, esp a servant boy
Word Origin
C17: from Old French garçon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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