One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short clay tobacco pipe.
tobacco pipe, briar, briar pipe, meerschaum, clay pipeView synonyms
- ‘He usually had in his mouth a short dudeen; but in an evil moment he put the dudeen, lighted, in the pocket among the powder.’
- ‘They lit up their dudeens and talked about Greece.’
- ‘He replaced his dudeen, and tightened his teeth and squeezed his lips on it.’
- ‘I can imagine Patrick going off to some neighbouring farmer's house, where the dudeen would be handed round.’
- ‘A man in the background raises his hat to salute a huge bag of flour being carried past by a dudeen-smoking laborer.’
Mid 19th century: from Irish dúidín, diminutive of dúd ‘pipe’.
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