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From Irish poitín (little pot).



poteen (countable and uncountable, plural poteens)

  1. (Ireland) Illegally produced Irish whiskey; moonshine.
    • 1835, Philip Dixon Hardy, The Poteen Still: A Tale Founded on Fact, in The Dublin Penny Journal,
      The Irish peasantry practice the distillation of that illicit spirituous liquor, so well known by the name of poteen whiskey, with a most unaccountable infatuation.
    • 1907, John Millington Synge, The Aran Islands,
      “Make haste now and go up and tell your mother to hide the poteen”—his mother used to sell poteen—“for I’m after seeing the biggest party of peelers and yeomanry passing by on the rocks was ever seen on the island.”
    • 2002, Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea, Vintage 2003, page 92:
      He began to rove the country at night, trudging out to shebeens or crossroads dances, to the ceilidhs and poteen sessions that sometimes followed Fair Days in the small towns of Connemara.

Usage notesEdit

This term usually refers to illegally-produced whiskey; whiskey produced in the same way but legally is usually not referred to as poteen.



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  1. poteen


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
poteen photeen boteen
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.