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- ‘Old pilots and young, fishermen and gossoons, they swept out from creek and headland in their swift Mayo skiffs.’
- ‘He told Dublin relief workers to round up 700 poor gossoons and colleens.’
- ‘Well, they were going through a village, and a whole army of gossoons were hunting a poor dog with a kettle tied to his tail.’
- ‘My little boy has got at the chocolate and he has eaten it all - the gossoon!’
- ‘There was ne'er a gossoon in the village dared tread on the tail of my coat.’
Late 17th century: from French garçon ‘boy’.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.