Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young boy, a servant boy; a lackey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A boy; a servant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boy; a male servant.

Etymologies

Alteration of garsún, ultimately from Old French garçun. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Three times a week a "gossoon" ran with the post to Oughterard, thirty-six miles away, where the nearest coach passed.

    Maria Edgeworth

  • 'I mourn the earth-worms, the cacti, and the tireless "gossoon,"' added

    Shawl-Straps A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag

  • You don't want Da to think you're what he calls a “namby-pamby gossoon,” do you?

    Bedwetter

  • Rackrent was not expected to live over night; so Jason thought it high time to he moving to the Lodge, to make his bargain with my master about the jointure afore it should be too late, and afore the little gossoon should reach us with the news.

    Castle Rackrent

  • The Editor has known a gossoon to go on foot, without shoes or stockings, fifty-one

    Castle Rackrent

  • In most Irish families there used to be a barefooted gossoon, who was slave to the cook and the butler, and who, in fact, without wages, did all the hard work of the house.

    Castle Rackrent

  • First came a bacah on crutches; then came a woman with a white swelling; then came an individual who had nothing at all the matter with him, and was only a poor unfortunate, wandering about the world; then came a far cake, 22 a dark man, who was led about by a gossoon; after him a simpley, and after the simpleton somebody else as much or more unfortunate.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • On this occasion the Caleb Balderston of her house came in, making stately bows to his mistress, and with low voice, and eyes wide open, told her what a gossoon running over from

    Castle Richmond

  • I was a strapping young gossoon at that time, I tell you.

    Ulysses

  • My master gave me no orders to prevint any person from seeing the black spalpeen; and as a goold yankee sovereign can't be picked up every day in the street, faith it's yerself Dennis Macarty, that will take the responsibility, and let this good-looking gossoon in to see black Nero, and bad luck to him! '

    City Crimes or Life in New York and Boston

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  • A lad; a young male servant. According to Foyle, the word is derived from French garçon.

    July 31, 2008

  • Spurned lover. I was a strapping young gossoon at that time, I tell you, I'll show you my likeness one day.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006