noun Scot., Irish English, South African.

  1. a tavern or house where liquor is sold illegally.


  1. Irish, Scot and Southern African a place where alcoholic drink is sold illegally
  2. (in Ireland) alcohol, esp home-distilled whiskey, sold without a licence
  3. (in South Africa) a place where Black African men engage in social drinking
  4. (in the US and Ireland) weak beer

n.“cabin where unlicensed liquor is sold and drunk,” 1781, chiefly in Ireland and Scotland, from Irish seibin “small mug,” also “bad ale,” diminutive of seibe “mug, bottle, liquid measure.” The word immigrated and persisted in South African and West Indian English.

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