from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
French champion fled back to France, for no sooner did the dirty spalpeen hear that they were going to bring De Courcy against him, the fame of whose strength and courage filled the whole world, than he betook himself back to his own country, and was never heard of more.
"Git away wid ye, spalpeen!" cries he, and stood waving as the train pulled out, a little black figure vanishing into the hissing steam.
Two years ago, of course, it was only four, thanks to breaking his leg off a brainless divil of a knock-kneed spalpeen.
"What will yez do, ye spalpeen?" said the policeman.
B. _ O Brown, ye cowardly spalpeen! to stand by and see yer wife abused in sich a manner!
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"Ye turnip-faced spalpeen, oi'll cut yer dirty thrapple wid my gully knife."
Because the spalpeen had it in writing from him when the Bill was passed that if he put on a new roof to keep the wet off a dying child he should never enforce the terms of the Act against him ....
The punch that spalpeen has dhrunk this day would amaze ye.
At this juncture a third actor appeared on the scene, evidently a friend of Mr. O'Rourke, for he addressed that gentleman as "a spalpeen," and told him to go home.
"Divil an inch," replied the spalpeen; but he got himself off the threshold, and resumed his position on the step.