One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A city-dweller, especially a Dubliner.as modifier ‘a thick jackeen accent’
- ‘The Dublin jackeens don't care about the people of the West.’
- ‘As a suburban jackeen, the finely constructed pecking order in the bar escaped me.’
- ‘Luckily, we were only going as far out of town as the Old Dublin Restaurant on Francis Street, an old favourite among jackeens.’
- ‘I used to slag him that he was a redneck in a jackeen's body.’
- ‘The third patron to enter the bar was a Thick Dublin Jackeen, who swaggered into the bar and yelled, "Alrigh' Mate, give us a pint o'cider. Hey,is tha' Jaysus over thair?" The barman nodded, so the Jackeen told him to give Jesus a pint of cider too.’
Mid 19th century: diminutive of the pet name Jack (see jack, -een).
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