from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Irish My darling.
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- n. darling, sweetheart
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. My darling; darling: an Irish term of endearment.
Chump, deceased, in amorous mood, had praised her management of the fan once, when breath was in him: "'Martha,' says he, winkin 'a sort of' mavourneen 'at me, ye know --' Martha! with a fan in your hand, if ye're not a black-eyed beauty of a Spaniard, ye little devil of Seville! 'says he."
“But they have souls, mavourneen,” Larry said to her.
“What do you say, mavourneen?” asked Larry gently.
“Do the best you can, mavourneen, and never mind me.”
Come back to Erin, mavourneen, mavourneen, and the grand resonant mournful horn of the mailboat in reply.
"May Jesus and His Blessed Mother watch over you, mavourneen!" the good woman would say, with a sigh at the necessity for leaving her.
Read us one more letther, mavourneen, before ye are off, and lave the book here.
"So ye have, mavourneen; so ye have," said Biddy, her voice softening as she turned to look at the chicken and other things that Annorah had brought.
"It's quite all right, mavourneen," he assured her mischievously.
"If your heart is glad and your feet want to dance, mavourneen," said
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