Irish a boor

Word Origin for bosthoon

C19: from Irish Gaelic bastún, from Old French baston penis
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Examples from the Web for bosthoon

Historical Examples of bosthoon

  • Some Tipperary bosthoon endangering the lives of the citizens.


    James Joyce

  • "Blackmoor was an ass; but maybe he was as great a bosthoon in physic as in poetry," rejoined Billy, promptly.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • An ye'll all get the like o' that, every bosthoon among yez, av ye get Home Rule.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Don't you know the differ, Sir, between a threat an' a warnin', you bosthoon?'

    The House by the Church-Yard

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu