from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A young boy, a servant boy; a lackey.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A boy; a servant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A boy; a male servant.
Three times a week a "gossoon" ran with the post to Oughterard, thirty-six miles away, where the nearest coach passed.
'I mourn the earth-worms, the cacti, and the tireless "gossoon,"' added
You don't want Da to think you're what he calls a “namby-pamby gossoon,” do you?
Rackrent was not expected to live over night; so Jason thought it high time to he moving to the Lodge, to make his bargain with my master about the jointure afore it should be too late, and afore the little gossoon should reach us with the news.
The Editor has known a gossoon to go on foot, without shoes or stockings, fifty-one
In most Irish families there used to be a barefooted gossoon, who was slave to the cook and the butler, and who, in fact, without wages, did all the hard work of the house.
First came a bacah on crutches; then came a woman with a white swelling; then came an individual who had nothing at all the matter with him, and was only a poor unfortunate, wandering about the world; then came a far cake, 22 a dark man, who was led about by a gossoon; after him a simpley, and after the simpleton somebody else as much or more unfortunate.
On this occasion the Caleb Balderston of her house came in, making stately bows to his mistress, and with low voice, and eyes wide open, told her what a gossoon running over from
I was a strapping young gossoon at that time, I tell you.
My master gave me no orders to prevint any person from seeing the black spalpeen; and as a goold yankee sovereign can't be picked up every day in the street, faith it's yerself Dennis Macarty, that will take the responsibility, and let this good-looking gossoon in to see black Nero, and bad luck to him! '
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