noun Nautical Slang: Sometimes Offensive.
an unwhipped rope end.
any strand or rope end left hanging untidily.
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Origin of Irish pennant
First recorded in 1880–85
Though no longer used as a deliberate slur, this term is sometimes perceived as insulting to or by the Irish. It originated in the Royal Navy in the 1800s, during the time of sailing ships.
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