Meaning of shagroon in English:


Pronunciation /ʃəˈɡruːn/


historical, mainly derogatory New Zealand
  • A settler in Canterbury who came from a place other than Britain, typically one from Australia.

    ‘the influx of shagroons broke down the logically contrived land system’
    • ‘He was not a shagroon but a banker in Christchurch for several years in the early 1900s.’
    • ‘Whalers were followed by the settlers, shagroons and squattocracy.’
    • ‘There is a large cave on this point frequented by the old shagroons.’
    • ‘I think that very many of the Canterbury Pilgrims, and many also of the Nelson Shagroons, may be expected to exchange visits next year.’
    • ‘There were numbers of careless, free-and-easy, undisciplined shagroons.’
    • ‘One of the visitors seemed to delight in the soubriquet of "Shagroon".’
    • ‘Australian shagroons and "Canterbury pilgrims" alike responded to the opportunity.’
    • ‘Happily for the mutual advantage of both "Shagroons" and "Pilgrims" the predictions of the former were not verified.’
    • ‘In those early days the Canterbury province was said to be peopled by pilgrims, prophets, and "shagroons".’
    • ‘The grazing lands attracted Australian pastoralists called Shagroons who were contemptuous of the Canterbury Pilgrims.’


Mid 19th century possibly ultimately from Gaelic seachrán ‘wandering’.