Translation: Someone that’s lazy. Used to describe someone that’s annoying. Likely to be severely hungover the following morning. For example, ‘C’mon. In Irish, if you’re speaking directly to someone (or want it to sound as if you are), you use a special construction called “the vocative case.” For the purposes of this article, however, we’re going to assume the vocative case is what’s wanted. It was minus craic’. For example, ‘Did you get it printed?’ ‘No, the thing’s banjaxed sure’ or ‘The f*cking car won’t start again – the engine’s banjaxed’. You coming out for a few pints later?!’. For example, ‘WHY did I have the second bottle of wine. Since before time us Irish have managed to invent our very own slang words and phrases to unleash on all unfamiliar with the lingo! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. maybe andra martin = startin’. Buddy. Agra stems ultimately from the Irish Gaelic grādh, which means "love" and is a distant cousin of the Latin word gratus, which means "beloved" or "dear." Thanks vespawoolf! You will just have to make a return trip!! Nice work :). Some Irish Slang trigger words for you to hopefully relax to! It's for a poem and I can just see the look on people's faces in the workshop. Sound is probably more frequently used as an affirmative response to something, for example, ‘Ah, sound. I hear things like "deadly", "donkey's years", "fella", "knackered", "we legged it outta there", "mortified", "we went to the pictures" and so on on an almost daily basis, just to name a few. thanks for a great hub, voted up from me. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 23, 2012: rajan jolly, Thanks so much for your lovely comments! The vulgar use of this Irish saying is often heard when someone has an iffy tummy, for example, ‘I’ve had a bad dose of the shits all day’. ‘You’re some clown’. A personal favourite. Fine thing . ‘HEY. .OMG, how did that one escape me? Or you might try boyfriend or girlfriend to get words that can mean either one of these (e.g. Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 23, 2012: Voted up and funny. Have to bookmark it as I do plan on making it over to Ireland one of these years. Wow, what a journey Swords to Peru, my bucket list no.1 stop! :-). Great Hub! they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Very interesting. An Lár - (Irish - 'On Larr') - City Centre (An Lar is written on the front of Dublin buses to confuse tourists!) See more ideas about irish slang, irish, irish quotes. For example, ‘I’m going to call in sick. Thanks so much for your great comments! My cousin does professional Irish dancing and has visited there every year. LOVED IT. Etymology and usage. Go easy, cobber. Usually a gift to women by their boyfriends or husbands. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 29, 2012: Ha!! For example, ‘Eh, is that Karen up on that table?’ ‘She’s on her 17th vodka. Here's a list of translations. eh - what? Glad you have been getting some mileage out of the jacks at work!! Elizabeth / Lizzie - Slang for coffin dodger / old cunt (Marge is the biggest lizzie I ken) Edina / Embra - Edinburgh. See more ideas about irish slang, irish, irish quotes. If ever there was a Gobdaw it’s that lad’. The word ‘Yoke’ is used to describe something. not ‘howsagoing’ (?) An old Irish slang word used to describe someone that’s a chancer. I spent a lot of time nodding and smiling, and then admitting I had no idea what they were talking about. Right, let's get the simple stuff out of the way. Dive on in below! You would be lead to believe us Irish speak the English but don't be fooled!! Some Irish Slang trigger words for you to hopefully relax to! For example, ‘Shite, put the cans away. What gets me the most is the Irish slang and the way the Irish say certain things. Appreciate greatly you reading and bringing your experience to light, great comment, i love it! Related Reads: Check out our guide to 31 funny Irish jokes and 33 Irish insults and curses that locals use. A first for me!! Now, if I can just figure out how to afford that trip to Ireland I long for. I use this one a lot. Cheers for that.’. However, you’ll also hear people describing someone as ‘Sound’ when they’re giving that person their approval, for example, ‘That chap from around the corner fixed the engine. Boyo is a word used to describe your mates, similar to pals or fellas. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 28, 2012: Thought there was a hint of the 'ol Irish charm there!! For example, ‘You’ll be getting off your hole and emptying the bins in 5 minutes’. ‘Having the craic’ means the person was out having fun, for example, ‘Ah, man, I’m dying. Herzlich Willkommen hier bei uns. For example, ‘Ah well! i don't know of a slang term or colloquial term for farmer i'm afraid but check it out online or in an Irish slang dictionary. Meaning: Good-looking man or woman. For example, ‘I’ll see you in 20. There’s no way I’m waiting for a bus in that. A Ghrá Geal: Means ‘my bright love’, often the term used to describe a boyfriend/girlfriend. If you have an Irish expression that you need to be explained, pop it in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you. Funny you say you have never been here, you sound very Irish!! Mug — If you are a bit of a mug then you are gullible, and will believe anything. The most comprehensive online dictionary of Irish Slang… ur aulfellas a durtburd for sayin i stroked ur scratcher out d gaf man. These Irish slang words can range from tame to offensive, so use with caution. LOL. Seanleannán (pronounced ‘shan-lan-awn’): Literally means ‘old love’, or ‘old flame’ A Pheata (pronounced ‘fat-a’): Means ‘a mother’s darling’, for a mother to express endearment for her children For example, ‘Stall the ball chief, I’ll be there in 20’ or ‘Stall the ball a minute – what did he say?’. Good God it’s just dawned on me how many Irish sayings there are for describing manky weather! Find words with this meaning on The Online Slang Dictionary's slang thesaurus (urban thesaurus). Weather type: Fine. White Irish Catholic. 9. However, you’ll more commonly hear it used in a few different ways: This is another way of describing something that’s dirty or that’s in a bad way. You can use the word ‘bollocks’ in a number of different ways. i think it means an old soldier full of yarns, The origin of Gombeen is money lender and comes from famine times -someone who profits at another’s expense. Slang term for a penis that’s wider than it is long when erect. You forgot the section for Items…..ie Runners = trainers/sneakers, press=cupboard, the tall boy =drawers in bedroom, jumper = sweater the guards = police also some say Moth= girlfriend which actually come the Irish word Maith meaning good. I could understand words like ‘Banjaxxed‘ and ‘Poxy‘ causing hassle, but I couldn’t get over that ‘Giving out‘ didn’t make sense. ‘Fair play’ is an Irish expression used to congratulate someone. Voted up and shared! Someone that’s a nuisance. Its immediate origin is unclear, but it is based on the word for "bundle of sticks", ultimately derived, via Old French, Italian and Vulgar Latin, from Latin fascis.. In a nutshell, ‘give it a lash’ means to give something a go. A lot of it seems to be similar to Essex slang ... but, then I'm not sure that's necessarily a good thing lol. :P Reall fun and great craic ;). The best nicknames are those which have some personal meaning. Translation: A messer. Located in the Phoenix Park in Dublin It could be “sound”? You are so right, and I am forever using it! Look forward to catching more of your insightful writing!:). To have a shot of something means to try it out. We used a lot of these (I’m in the USA, but my gram, on my mom’s side was 100% Irish). Thanks for sharing and passing this on. when meaning "may I help you?" For example, ‘Ah stop, that’s gas!’ or ‘Emma’s dog is gas. O’Tool gave us about 7 weeks worth of maths homework. because I love the IRISH. Not as offensive: ‘Go and ask my bollox’. Appreciate your reading,votes and sharing! Why? For example, ‘The hostel we’re staying in as a kip and a half!’. For example, ‘Feck this, I’m not listening to him shiting on for any longer’, or ‘That fecker was in here mooching about the place again this morning.’. To describe a man, you may also hear the term male floozie as well. ‘Minus craic’ is the polar opposite to ‘Having the craic’ and is used to describe a situation when there was absolutely zero fun being had. It was a fun hub to write and laughs all the way!! The most comprehensive online dictionary of Irish Slang. ‘Bollocks’ as an Irish insult is usually used … So, weirdly enough, since we first published this guide in early 2019, the most common email we’ve had off the back of it is from people looks for words and Irish slang for girl. For example, ‘Ah, man, the heads bouncing off of me. It is interesting that you found slang in Newfoundland hard to understand! Madeleine Salin from Finland on June 21, 2012: Very interesting and it's always nice to learn new words. Seriously...never met one that I didn't take to immediately! If someone is sound, they’re cool. For example, ‘Did you do that thing for yer man?’ ‘Did I fu*k’. Great hub and I enjoyed reading it. I would have ever guessed the meaning of some of these words and phrases! I’ve heard this one a lot less in recent years. For example, ‘It was definitely Colin. It’s used to describe something (or someone) that’s not working/broken. Some Irish slang. @ !!!! Now if I can only save enough to go to Ireland so I can test out my nifty new words! He does be flying around the garden like he’s possessed.’. Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on June 22, 2012: Lovely hub. Looking forward to reading more of your work here! The Basics. Thanks again:-) !! :-). buachaill. She’s an awful wagon’. No idea how to describe this one. Had fun compiling, thinking there really is soooo many, where did they all come from?!! In Irish slang, they tend to use the word floozie, a word since carried over to the US. .thank YOU for your kind comments as well. However, once you start dating and you need a nickname for your boyfriend, you will discover that finding the perfect term of endearment for your boyfriend is not an easy task. Soulmate. Craic generally means fun but, as is the case with many bits of Irish slang, there’s multiple ways of using it. I’m starving!’. !’ translates into ‘I definitely won’t be doing that’. I have a friend called Mayo Declan that’s a master at this. Jun 17, 2020 - Explore Willie Mae Bracken's board "Irish slang" on Pinterest. Voted up, funny, and awesome. That man is a shnakey little shitehawk’. Howaya! If you hear someone saying that they’re ‘Going to the jacks’ or maybe someday someone will ask you ‘Where are the jacks’ in an Irish bar somewhere in the world, they’re referring to the toilet. Ah, another Irish phrase that uses a word that’s actually meant to describe something hazardous to describe something brilliant. You have no idea how much of this I recognised... and I've never been to Ireland! Banjaxed is another lovely Irish expression. Did you lob the gob?’. Many Irish worked to help fill in the Back Bay of Boston and have this name to show for it to this day. We’ve an almost endless number of ways to describe a person that we don’t like in Ireland. ‘Peeler’ is english / british, after sir Robert Peel. nice wan yea, cyerafter. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 03, 2012: Hi How-to-crafts, Appreciate your comments and sharing! To keep it going, and to make this guide as helpful as possible, I’m going to offer myself as an Irish slang translator. Although, it might be fun as a joke. Developed "straight from the horse's mouth". I’ll have to update this guide! Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 23, 2015: Suzanne, this was a real interesting read about the top Irish slang words and their meanings. For the first day or so, I thought I might be coming down with something. Endearments for friends, children and lovers Welcome to the Slangpedia entry on friends! Irish words for sex include gnéas, inscne, gnéasaithin, cineál, collaíocht and caidreamh collaí. shut your mush. Talk about a dope’. From an Irish play. For example, ‘Please tell me he’s called off training. I said like alllllllllll of these to people I know and they were soooooooooo confused. Jun 17, 2020 - Explore Willie Mae Bracken's board "Irish slang" on Pinterest. I wish I'd had your list before we traveled to Ireland in 2010. Mufti — A military term that has seeped its way into British slang to mean casual or civilian clothes. (no correlation to the collie, Lassie, on TV), just waited to say that word. You could refer to someone that’s annoying you as ‘That yoke over there’ or you could also say ‘Here, pass me that yoke there on the counter’. Or is that just a cliché?. livingabroad from Wales, UK on June 19, 2012: What about "to be sure, to be sure"? Translation: Face. Some examples of Irish Slang and commonly-used Irish language phrases ..... Acting the Maggot - Fooling and messing around. Weather type: Rainy. Mainly when I’m speaking to a non-Irish person and I forget that the words I’m using actually are slang. Translation: Excited. These Irish language terms of endearment are sure to make your sweetheart swoon! It’s another one for very drunk people. Here are some Irish slang words for describing both good and bad weather. She’s bang on’ or ‘I had the bike fixed down in Riordain’s yard last week. ‘Yer wan’ or ‘Your one’ is used to refer to someone who’s name you do not know or a person that you do not like. Donkeys ears is cockney rhyming slang for years. I heard ‘Cracking’ used constantly on a trip to Northern Ireland where we frequented far too many pubs. Definition of a farmer a man how is outstanding in his own field. Glad you enjoyed Gypsy Rose Lee! Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 25, 2012: Thanks viking305, The good old garda, thanks for that, a good one! From a Corkonian ‘exiled’ in landan – No ‘langer’ (male member/term of abuse), ‘Oul’ Doll’ (Girlfriend), ‘wazzies’ (wasps), bazzer (haircut) or Rubber Dollies (trainers/sneakers) ! ‘That young lad was in here last night acting the maggot’. I’ll drop it over later’. It was bang on – only cost a tenner’. Weather type: Light rain. But the cheeky li… What is the Irish slang word for man? Naff — Something that is a bit uncool would be described as naff. Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on June 29, 2012: Suzie, this was a hilarious hub! Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on July 18, 2012: Yes! ‘Jammy’ basically means lucky. You have entered an incorrect email address! Translation: I did not. They’re a pair of dryshites’. For example, ‘Martina’s youngwan was in working with us for a few days last week.’. Great, great job! 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