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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

TRUAGHAN, n. A poor destitute person, a down-and-out; jocularly, of a small child (Cai. 1973). Gael. [′truəxən]Nai. 1930:
He's juist a lazy truaghan.
Mry. 1941 I. Cameron Fascinating Hat xxiii.:
The poor truaghan . . . he'll know a difference when someone sews on his buttons, and darns his socks.

[Gael. truaghan, id., from truagh, wretched, pitiful.]

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