Definition of spalpeen in English:

spalpeen

noun

Irish
  • A rascal.

    • ‘In the later 19th century spalpeens were most commonly employed as potato diggers.’
    • ‘The two spalpeens laughed and dodged through traffic to the opposite side of the narrow street.’
    • ‘The spalpeen attempted to resist the officers of the law, and we clubbed him over the head a bit.’
    • ‘What are you gazing at, you set of spalpeens.’
    rascal, monkey, devil, imp, rogue, wretch, mischief-maker, troublemaker, prankster
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Origin

Late 18th century (denoting a migratory farm worker): from Irish spailpín, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

spalpeen

/spalˈpiːn/