from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A little girl.


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  • And there she was right enough, that lovely sight enough, the girleen bawn asthore, as for days galore, of planxty Gregory.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Long, long ago, girleen, a harper's gallantry to a pretty maid angered her mother and she asked him to help her twist a straw rope.


  • "Happiness with the least unhappiness to others, girleen," he reminded with his cheek against her hair.


  • "She was in Brannigan's last night, buying peppermint drops and every kind of foolishness, the same as she might be a little girleen that was given a penny and her just out of school."

    Priscilla's Spies

  • You spake for me, Miss Nora; you spake up for me, girleen.

    Light O' the Morning

  • "They say it's a sort of a craze now amongst women, the desire to beat us men on our own ground; it's very queer, and I don't understand it, and I am sorry if the craze has seized my girleen."

    Light O' the Morning

  • Nora; and never one of them sacrificed her honor for gold or anything else; and the men were brave, girleen, very brave, and had never fear in one of them.

    Light O' the Morning

  • I feel fit to die sometimes when I think the coat is lost, and it is all on account of the girleen herself.

    Wild Kitty

  • Well, I'm here, the girleen has managed it, and here I'll stay.

    Light O' the Morning

  • "Trust the girleen for that," said the Squire, and then they rose from table.

    Light O' the Morning


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  • "After all, Dante fell madly in love with his Beatrice when she was nine, a sparkling girleen, painted and lovely, and bejeweled, in a crimson frock, and this was in 1274, in Florence, at a private feast in the merry month of May."

    - Nabokov, Lolita (page 21)

    March 1, 2011