Definition of sleeveen in English:

sleeveen

Pronunciation /sliːˈviːn//ˈsliːviːn/

noun

Irish
informal
  • An untrustworthy or cunning person.

    • ‘Brennan glided to power as general secretary of his party during the sleeveen Taoiseachship of Jack Lynch.’
    • ‘Indeed, blaming bad local governance and the existence of corrupt middlemen is like concluding that our sleeveens and gombeen-men of the 1840s were responsible for the Famine.’
    • ‘But for the sleeveen's litigious scam to work, all that is needed is for the rest of us still to trust each other just enough.’
    • ‘Science is too important to be left in the hands of the sleeveen politicians that thrive in university departments.’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from Irish slibhin ‘trickster’.

Pronunciation

sleeveen

/sliːˈviːn//ˈsliːviːn/