shoneen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Irish Seoinín, from Seon (John) + -ín (diminutive suffix).

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Noun[edit]

shoneen (plural shoneens)

  1. (Ireland, derogatory) One who prefers English attitudes, customs or lifestyle to Irish ones.
    • 1889: Good Father John O'Hart / In penal days rode out / To a shoneen who had free lands / And his own snipe and trout. — WB Yeats, ‘The Ballad of Father O'Hart’
    • 1922: So then the citizens begin talking about the Irish language and the corporation meeting and all to that and the shoneens that can’t speak their own language — James Joyce, Ulysses