[spal-peen, spal-peen]

noun Irish English.

a lad or boy.
a rascal; scamp.

Origin of spalpeen

1770–80; < Irish spailpín seasonal hired laborer, rude person, scamp, equivalent to spailp spell, bout, turn + -ín noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun Irish

an itinerant seasonal labourer
a rascal or layabout

Word Origin for spalpeen

C18: from Irish Gaelic spailpín itinerant labourer
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