/spal peen", spal"peen/, n. Irish Eng.
1. a lad or boy.
2. a rascal; scamp.
[1770-80; < Ir spailpín seasonal hired laborer, rude person, scamp, equiv. to spailp spell, bout, turn + -ín n. suffix]

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  • spalpeen — [spal pi:n] noun Irish a rascal. Origin C18 (denoting a migratory farm worker): from Ir. spailpín, of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

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