Definition of gossoon in English:


Pronunciation /ɡäˈso͞on/ /ɡɑˈsun/


  • A lad.

    ‘There was ne'er a gossoon in the village dared tread on the tail of my coat.’
    • ‘Well, they were going through a village, and a whole army of gossoons were hunting a poor dog with a kettle tied to his tail.’
    • ‘He told Dublin relief workers to round up 700 poor gossoons and colleens.’
    • ‘My little boy has got at the chocolate and he has eaten it all - the gossoon!’
    • ‘Old pilots and young, fishermen and gossoons, they swept out from creek and headland in their swift Mayo skiffs.’


Late 17th century from French garçon ‘boy’.