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noun 
  1. (Anglo-Irish, derogatory) One who prefers English attitudes, customs or lifestyle to Irish ones.
    • 1889: Good Father John O'Hart / In penal days rode out / To a who had free lands / And his own snipe and trout. " WB Yeats, "The Ballad of Father O'Hart"
    • 1922: So then the citizens begin talking about the Irish language and the corporation meeting and all to that and the shoneens that can"t speak their own language " James Joyce, Ulysses
Etymology: Irish seónín, from Seón "John" + -ín diminutive suffix.


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