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