Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lane or narrow road.
- n. Ireland A narrow, frequently unpaved, rural road in Ireland.
- Borrowing from Irish bóithrín, diminutive of bóthar ("road") (Wiktionary)
“A Kerry man's boat is a ship, his cabin is a house, his shrubs are trees, his "boreen" is an avenue, and, as a native bard declares, "all his hens are paycocks.”
“It is true that when one has driven up the private road, be the same a mere "boreen" or a "shplendid avenue," the bell is found to be broken, the knocker wrenched off, the blinds hauled up awry, and the servants hard to be got at; but the householder is prosperous nevertheless.”
“It was my car-driver, a teetotaller, opined on this "boreen," that the irreconcilable tenant, one Thomas Browne, dwelt.”
“A little further on, still to the right of the road, branched off suddenly a narrow bridle-path, or "boreen," as it is called in this part of the country.”
“boreen," and concluded that, as it was nearly impassable, it must lead to the home of the Irreconcilable.”
“It resembles our little boreen, down to hedgerows of flowering whitethorn and grass growing in the middle of the road.”
“As you wandered down the boreen where the leprechaun was seen,”
“By this time night had completely fallen, and in going down a dark boreen she managed to escape from her companions altogether.”
“A party of five people -- the husbands, the son of one of them, and the two women came along the boreen, guided by the dim light of the farthing dip which is the only light the Irish farmer has yet been able to use.”
“Flynn's house, the dog leading the pack by not fifty yards, when I saw him cut across a field to the left, while the hounds tumbled into a little boreen that runs up from the railway-station and went streaking down it singing out as if they were on a breast-high scent and in view.”
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