spalpeen

[spal-peen, spal-peen]

Origin of spalpeen

1770–80; < Irish spailpín seasonal hired laborer, rude person, scamp, equivalent to spailp spell, bout, turn + -ín noun suffix
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spalpeen

noun Irish
  1. an itinerant seasonal labourer
  2. a rascal or layabout

Word Origin for spalpeen

C18: from Irish Gaelic spailpín itinerant labourer
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