jackeen

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Noun[edit]

jackeen ‎(plural jackeens)

  1. (Ireland) A contemptuous designation for a self-assertive worthless fellow. [1]
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, page 90
      To the sellers in the market, to the barmen and barmaids, to the beggars who importuned him for a lob Mr Dedalus told the same tale, that he was an old Corkonian, that he had been trying for thirty years to get rid of his Cork accent up in Dublin and that Peter Pickakafax beside him was his eldest son but that he was only a Dublin jackeen.
    • 1840, Fraser's Magazine XXII page 320
      A buckeen, a jackeen, a squireen, or any of the intermediate classes.
    • 1892 Quarterly Review July page 138
      Jackeens loitering about the Dublin theatres.
    • 1897 Sir C.G. Duffy Quarterly Review September page 451
      In manner and bearing he is a superb Jackeen.

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  1. ^ jackeen in Oxford English Dictionary c. 1900