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Jackeen is a mildly pejorative term for someone from Dublin, Ireland. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "A contemptuous designation for a self-assertive worthless fellow," citing the earliest documented use from the year 1840.[1]

Derivation and meaning[edit]

The term is derived from a nickname for John[citation needed] (i.e. Jack) from the Union Jack (As Dubliners were considered the most English of all the Irish) combined with the Irish diminutive suffix "-een" (meaning little) [1] (-ín in Irish) found in many Irish female names such as Roisín ("little Rose") and Maureen (Mairín, "little Mary"). Today, Jackeen is often used to describe Dublin GAA players and supporters.[2][3] The term has also been shortened to "Jack" or the plural "Jacks" by Dublin fans as a way to refer to themselves.[citation needed][4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Simpson, John; Weiner, Edmund (1989). "Oxford English Dictionary, second edition". Oxford: Clarendon Press. "Irish dim. of JACK n.: A contemptuous designation for a self-assertive worthless fellow." 
  2. ^ "The Jacks are back". Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Reeling in the years". Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  4. ^ Worthwhile Stereotypes, Templates and Routines?[dead link]
  5. ^ Dublin Slang Dictionary and Phrase-book