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- n. A poor migratory farm worker in Ireland, often viewed as a rascal or mischievous and cunning person.
- n. A good-for-nothing person, often used so-named during a good humored ridicule.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A scamp; an Irish term for a good-for-nothing fellow; -- often used in good-humored contempt or ridicule.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mean fellow; a rascal: a term of contempt, or of contemptuous pity, for a man or boy.
A late 18th century term, From Irish spailpín. (Wiktionary)