from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Indian woman: a term adopted from the Dutch in Guiana.
  • n. In Ireland one belonging to the less wealthy section of the class known as gentry, who, without a profession or any settled income, tries to play the buck. See buck, n., 3.


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  • "But Scripture saith an ending to all fine things must be," and the friends of this jovial young "buckeen" began to tire of his idleness and his recurrent visits.

    Goldsmith English Men of Letters Series

  • This was the hardest trial of all, but she looked so handsome and sorrowful, and had such a nice air about her, that all her pans, and jugs, and plates, and dishes were gone before noon, and the only mark of her old pride she showed was a slap she gave a buckeen across the face when he axed her an impudent question.

    Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories The Young Folks Treasury, Volume 1

  • But before a Scotchman, myself would prefar the poorest spalpeen -- barring it be Phil, the buckeen -- I ax pardon (_curtsying_), if a buckeen's the more honourable.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 08

  • _ The spalpeen! turned into a buckeen, that would be a squireen, -- but can't.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 08

  • - was to think that the only way that buckeen is ever going to get a month off the dole queue in the next twenty years is if they make a movie version of Buck Rogers, and the call goes out for a brand new Twiki.

    An Spailpín Fánach

  • Bravo! "cry the jolly companions of Tony Lumpkin, when that promising buckeen has finished his song at the Three Pigeons; then follows criticism: --

    Goldsmith English Men of Letters Series


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