squireen

[skwahy-reen]

Origin of squireen

1800–10; squire + -een diminutive suffix < Irish -ín
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Examples from the Web for squireen

Historical Examples of squireen

  • She looks higher, and she has a right to look higher than to be the wife of an Irish squireen.'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • He had been christened Edmund, and he was a squireen of the Tipperary village of Knockbrit.

    Superwomen

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • The class of squireen is nearly extinct: 'Joy be with them.'

  • Sometimes you can hardly distinguish a squireen from a half-sir or from a shoneen.

  • But the honest, well-to-do farmer had at once too much pride and sagacity to sink into the Squireen.

    Bits of Blarney

    R. Shelton Mackenzie


British Dictionary definitions for squireen

squireen

squireling (ˈskwaɪəlɪŋ)

noun
  1. rare a petty squire

Word Origin for squireen

C19: from squire + -een, Anglo-Irish diminutive suffix, from Irish Gaelic -ín
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