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noun Irish English.
  1. a boy; lad.
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Origin of gossoon

1675–85; < Irish garsún boy < Anglo-French, Old French garçon
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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.

  • 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.


    Walter Jones

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



British Dictionary definitions for gossoon


  1. Irish a boy, esp a servant boy
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Word Origin

C17: from Old French garçon
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