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British Dictionary definitions for shoneen

shoneen

noun
  1. Irish an Irishman who imitates English ways

Word Origin

C19: from Irish Gaelic Seoinín, diminutive of Seon John (taken as typical English name)
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Examples from the Web for shoneen

Historical Examples

  • Sometimes you can hardly distinguish a squireen from a half-sir or from a shoneen.

    English As We Speak It in Ireland

    P. W. Joyce

  • Shoneen; a gentleman in a small way: a would-be gentleman who puts on superior airs.