mavourneen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Anglo-Irish, from the Irish mo mhuirnín, from mo ‘my’ + muirnín (diminutive of muirn ‘affection’).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mavourneen (plural mavourneens)

  1. darling, sweetheart
    • 1850 (approx.), Anonymous, Finnegan's Wake
      Biddy O'Brien began to cry
      "Such a nice clean corpse, did you ever see?
      "Arrah, Tim, mavourneen, why did you die?"
      "Ah, shut your gob" said Paddy McGee!