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Shoneen; a gentleman in a small way: a would-be gentleman who puts on superior airs.
Sometimes you can hardly distinguish a squireen from a half-sir or from a shoneen.
Hence Shoneen means "a little gentry John," and is applied to upstarts and "big" farmers, who ape the rank of gentleman.Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry|William Butler Yeats