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Irish Phrases and Words


Ages (n): long time

Arse (n): backside

Arseways (a): "I did it all arseways" = I made a complete mess of it!

Aul Man (n): father

Aul Wan (n): mother


Babby (n): little child - baby

Banjaxed (a): broken, no good

Barm brack (n): cake eaten at holloween, from gaelic bareen brack = a feckled cake

Barrelling (v): rushing around (with purpose?)

Begorrah (exclam): be god (Of the three Irish friends I refered for this index, they all said "No self-respecting Irish person would ever say this!!)

Bejappers (exclam): as above (same reply)

Blather (v): talk

Bog (n): country area - where culchies come from

Bold (a): naughty

Bollocks (n): anyone you think is stupid

Boozer (n): pub

Boreen (n): narrow lane or road

Bouzzie (n): young good-for-nothing, who hangs around on street corners

Boxin' the fox (phr): robbing an orchard

Boyo (n): a bit of a lad

Brasser (n): woman of ill repute, who charges but a brass coin for her services


Chancer (n): dodgy/risky character

Chinwag (n): a chat

Chipper (n): fish and chip shop

Chiseller (n): young child

Clatter (n): slap

Cod (v): having someone on, as in: "Aw, g'wan, yer only coddin' me"

Colcannon (v): Mashed potatoes, cabbage or kale & butter, served at halloween

Cop on (to yourself) (v): get a life/don't be so stupid

Cooker (n): stove

Covers (n): bedclothes

Craic (n): (pronounced crack) fun time and good conversation

Culchie (n): a city dweller's name for a country person


Da (n): father

Deadly (a): very cool

Dear (adj): expensive

Delph (n): crockery, cups, saucers etc

Desperate (adj): terrible

Diddies (n): breasts

Divil (n): devil

Dosser (n): layabout, useless

Dote (n): a lovely little thing, usually a baby

Doxie (n): a lady of the night who plies her trade on the docks


Eejit (n): idiot

Eccer (n): homework (from exercises)


the F-word (n,a,v, etc.): used freely, mostly for strengthening an adjective.

Fag (n): cigarette

Fair play to ya! : well done!

Feck (n): used instead of the other F word

Fecky the Ninth (n): complete idiot

Fib (n): a lie

Flicks (n): movies, pictures

Flitters (a): tattered and torn

Fluthered (a): drunk

Follier-upper (n): a serial at the pictures (movies). To be continued ...

Foostering (n): wasting time

Fry (n): fried breakfast (typically sausage, bacon, eggs and pudding)


Gaff (n): house

Gallery (n): great fun, someone is a gallery-entertaining person- a mad laugh

Gameball (exclam): OK

Gas (a): funny

Gawk (v): stare

Gee (n): fiale genitalia (hard G sound)

Get off with (someone) (ph): make out

Gick (n): shit

Git (n): rotten person

a Go (n): turn

Gob (n): mouth, as in: "shut your gob"

Gobshite (n): idiot

Gobsmacked (a): very surprised

Go-car (n): baby's pushchair

Gollier (n): a big, fat spit of phlegmy stuff

Grand (a): fine, nice

Guard (n): polician

Guff (n): nonsense - ta, frank!

Gullier (n): a large marble used when playing along the road kerb

Gurrier (n): lout, hooligan


Hard Neck (n): cheek

Hardchaw (n): rough person, the type who's ready for a fight at the drop of a hat - "Yeah you, wha' ya lookin' a?"

Header (n): nutcase, unstable person

Heel (n): the first or last slice of a loaf of bread

Holliers (n): holidays!

Hooley (n): party or celebration

Hoor (n): whore

Hoor's Melt (n): private part of a hoor

Hot Press (n): airing cupboard, where the hot water geyser is.

Howya : "how are you?" - typical greeting

Hump, the (n): sulking


I will in me ring (phr): certainly not!

I am in me wick (phr): you must be joking!


Jackeen (n): a culchie's name for a Dubliner

Jayzuz (exclam): Jesus

Jacks (n): toilet

Jaded (a): very tired, knackered

Jam on your egg (n): wishful thinking; will never happen

Janey Mack! (exclam): Gosh, really?

Juicy (a): cute


Knacker (n): gypsy, travelling person

Knackered (v): very tired

Knick-knacking (v): ringing a doorbell and running away


Langer (n): penis

Langers (a): drunk

Lashing (v): raining hard

Lay off! (exclam): leave me alone, stop it!

Letting on (v): pretending

Local, the (n): the nearest pub

Longers (n): long trousers


Ma (n): mother

Maggot, Stop acting the ... (ph): stop messin' around

Manky (a): filthy dirty

Mary Hick, Mary Banger (n): unfashionable fiale

Melted (a): very tired

Mentaller (a): crazy guy

Me ould segotia, me ould sweat (n): best friend

Messages (n): shopping, groceries

Messing (v): playing around

Mickey (n): child's name for a penis

Milling (v): fighting

Mitch (v): bunk school

Mortaller (n): mortal sin

Mortified (a): ibarassed, usually said by your ma

Mot (n): girlfriend

Motherless (a): drunk


Nickser (n): odd job


Odds (n): loose change

Old Lady (n): mother

Old Man (n): father

Omadhaun (n): bit of a fool

On the never never (n): On Hire Purchase

One and One (n): fish and chips i.e. One and One Cod


Paraletic (a): very drunk

Pictures (n): movies

Piss in the Beds (n): dandeloins

Poteen (n): illegal spirits

Press (n): cupboard

Puck (n): punch


Quare (n): queer or strange as in "he's a quare one, alright"


Rapid (a): amazing

Rashers (n): pieces of bacon

Reddener (n): blush

Reef (v): beat (a person) up

Ride: (n) an attractive person (v) to have sex

Root (v): search

Rossie (n): brat


Sap (n): wimp

Scab (n&v): one who scabs (constantly borrows or tries to get freebies) scabby, stingy

Scallion (n): spring onion

Scalped (v): to get a short haircut

Scanger (n): stupid fiale

Scarlet (a): blushing

Scram! : go away!

Scrubber (n): fiale of low morals

Scutters (n): diarrhoea

Shenanagans (n): carry-on/horse-play

Shore (n): outside ( your kitchen door) drain !

Single (n): packet of chips

Slagging (v): having someone on, making fun of thi

Slapper (n): fiale nerd, scrubber/slut?

Slash (n&v): "to take a slash"= to piss, to urinate

Sleeveen (n): a sly type, pinch the eyes out of your head

Slinjing (v): dragging your heels

Snapper (n): child

Snog (v): make out with or get off with (someone)

Spa (n): someone who hasn't got good co-ordination

Squizz (n): a look-see

Sound (a): really good

Stop the lights! : jayzuz, really?!

Stocious (a): drunk as a lord

Stung (a): ibarrassed


Thick (n)/(a): idiot/stupid

Tool (n): idiot

Trap (n): mouth

Thunder & Lightning (n): knock like thunder, run like lightning: knocking at a door and running away


Up the pole : pregnant

Up the yard! : be off with ya!

Up to ninety : (as in so 'n' so is ...) near boiling point, ready to explode



Wagon (n): ugly fiale

Whist (v): keep quiet




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