1Irish, Canadian A weak, pitiable, or poverty-stricken person; a wretch.
2Canadian Now chiefly in form hangashore. A person who is too lazy or cowardly to go to sea.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Dublin Penny Journal. From Irish ainniseoir, †aindeiseoir, (also) †aingceiseoir unfortunate person or thing, wretch from ainnis, †aindeis miserable, poor + -oir.