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  1. Irish a country lane or narrow road
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Word Origin

C19: from Irish Gaelic bóithrín, diminutive of bóthar road
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Examples from the Web for boreen

Historical Examples

  • Follow this road until you come to a boreen on the side of your thumb-hand.

    Legends of Saints & Sinners

    Douglas Hyde

  • Let me out now and I'll slip down the boreen, and not see them so.

  • I took a farewell look at the old walls, and stepped after my companion down the boreen.

  • When he had got over about half the boreen he was accosted in the significant terms of the Ribbon password of that day.

    Fardorougha, The Miser

    William Carleton

  • He moved proudly up the boreen, with a slow step, and the gleam of a high nature in his eyes.

    Tales of Our Coast

    S. R. Crockett