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Irish English: What is a gossoon?

gossoon 

Irish  a boy [C17: from Old French gararçon]

An evocative word originally meaning servant boy. Often used to describe character as was well as sex. Better to be a fine gossoon than latchico (literally half-a-hat, a rogue.) 

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