- Anglo-Irish, modern IrishShow more Transferred use of Anglo-Irish shebeen, modern Irish sibín (of obscure origin), a low public-house; see also Coplan quotation 1980.
- Formerly illegal, such establishments have, since 1980, been allowed to obtain licences and operate as ‘taverns’ (see tavern sense 2), but some are still unlicensed (see smokkelhuis).
- Hence shebeen intransitive verb, to run a shebeen; to patronize a shebeen; shebeening verbal noun, the running of a shebeen; shebeeny adjective, of shebeens.1897 E. Prov. Herald 17 Feb.Tom..was brought before the magistrate on Monday morning charged with shebeening.1900 ‘One Who Was In It’ Kruger’s Secret Service 129The methods employed by magistrates who wished to get off their accomplices accused of shebeening were somewhat as follows [etc.].1953 A. Mogale in Drum Sept. 25I’m going high-class shebeening tonight — in Doornfontein.1955 D.C. Temba in J. Crwys-Williams S. Afr. Despatches (1989) 321The swarming, cacophonous, strutting, brawling, vibrating life of Sophiatown that was..was not all just shebeeny, smutty, illegal stuff.1964 G. Gordon Four People 120They’re up to no good, some of those people — shebeening.1975 Friend 10 May 3He had started using his hands to repair radios and had done ‘a little shebeening’ as a sideline.1989 Weekend Argus 11 Nov. 19The day-to-day battles residents fight against inadequate recreational facilities, sandy pavements, shebeening, gangsterism and other problems.1990 Fair Lady 28 Mar. 139She smoked and drank into shebeeny nights, waiting.