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Top 80 Irish Slang Words: The Gift Of the Gab

Updated on September 14, 2016

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Arriving in Ireland, you may be forgiven for thinking you have been hoodwinked, cajoled, led up the garden path, or just plain misinformed as to the language widely spoken here. Since before time us Irish have managed to invent our very own slang words and phrases to unleash on all unfamiliar with the lingo! Here, I have highlighted the most commonly heard words, their meanings, and provided examples of how they are used in everyday speech. Have fun: you will be talking like a seasoned pro in no time!

Don't forget to test your slang street cred and your gift of the gab ability, by taking my small quiz at the end!

OK... Lets get started alphabetically.

Irish Terminology A-D

Slang Word or Phrase
Meaning
Example
• Acting the maggot
Fooling and messing around
Stop acting the maggot
• Bad dose
Severe illness
You got a bad dose of it, didn't you
• Bags (To make a bags of something)
Make a mess of doing something
He made a right bags of that
• Bang on
Right, accurate, correct
You are bang on
• Banjaxed
Broken
The chair is banjaxed
• Black stuff
Guinness
A pint of the black stuff please
• Boyo
Male, juvenile
Come on you boyo!
• Brutal
Awful, dreadful
It was a brutal tackle
• Bucketing down
Raining hard
It is bucketing down
• Bunk off
Skip (school, work)
I know you bunked off today
• Chancer
Someone who takes a risk
He is a real chancer
• Chiseler
Young child (Dublin slang)
He was a chiseler at the time
• Ciotóg
Left-handed
I am a Ciotog and proud
• Cod/Codding ya
To pull someone's leg
I am only codding ya!
• Craic
Fun, gossip, going-ons
What's / Where's the craic?
• Crack on
Continue on, get going
I must crack on, lots to do
• Culchie
Person from rural / agricultural area
She is a culchie originally
• Cute hoor
Person who quietly engineers things to their own advantage
He is a real cute hoor
• Delira and excira
Delighted and excited (Dublin slang)
Are you delira and excira about it?
• Deadly
Brilliant, fantastic, great
That was a deadly film

There are no strangers here, only friends that we have not yet met.

— William Butler Yeats

Irish Terminology D-G

Slang Word or Phrase
Meaning
Example
• Donkey's years
For a very very long time
They have lived there donkey's years
• Dosser
Someone not working or is messing about, up to no good
They are a couple of dosser's
• Eat the head off
To give out to someone
Don't eat the head off me
• Eejit
Complete fool, doing something silly
You are such an eejit
• Earwiging
Listening in on a private conversation
You were earwiging again, Yes?
• Effin' and blindin'
Swearing and cursing
He was effin' and blindin' non stop
• Eff off
Polite swear word (for the F word)
Ah just eff off will ya
• Fair play!
Well done!
Fair play mate!
• Feck off
Go away (polite version), used to show surprise or shock
Feck off . . . . don't be bothering me
• Fella
Used for your guy, as in 'Me Fella' partner/husband/boyfriend
Is your fella going to be there?
• Fierce
Very good, great, excellent
It was a fierce performance
• Fine thing
Good looking man or woman
That guy is a fine thing
• Floozie
Woman of dubious moral attributes
The place is full of floozie's
• Fluthered
Very drunk
I was absolutely fluthered last night
• Gaff
Home, to have a 'free gaff' means you are home alone
I will pop over to your gaff later
• Gammy
Crooked, or odd looking
He had a gammy leg
• Gander
Quick glance
Take a quick gander in here first
• Gas
Funny or amusing
He is a gas man
• Gawk
To stare rudely
Stop gawking
• Get outta that garden
Fun phrase used in a conversation to get a laugh, reaction
wud ya get outta that garden!!!

A life making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.

— George Bernard Shaw

Irish Terminology G-M

Slang Word or Phrase
Meaning
Example
• Grand
A lot of uses, most popular are: reply to how are you, how are you feeling, being told of a decision
We will meet you there - " Grand "; Dinner will be 10 minutes - " Grand "
• Hames/haymes
Complete mess
I made a complete haymes of that work
• Holy Joe
Self righteous person
She is a bit of a holy joe actually
• Holy show
Disgraceful scene
She made a holy show of herself
• How's she cuttin'?
Hi, how are you, what's news?
How's she cuttin'?
• Howya
Hi, hello
Howya doin'?
• Jackeen
A rural person's name for a Dubliner
You are a jackeen . . . .my sympathies!
• Jacks
Toilet
I'm off to the jacks
• Jo Maxi
Taxi, cab
We can get a jo maxi in later
• Kip
A dump of a place and also a sleep
I had a quick kip before dinner; It was a real kip of a hotel
• Knackered
Exhausted, tired
I was completely knackered
• Langers
Drunk
She was totaly langers last Friday
• Lash
Three meanings: to rain hard, to make an attempt at something or to go out drinking
It was lashing out of the heavens, Give it a lash or Let's go on the lash Saturday
• Leg it
Run away quickly
Come on, we need to leg it now!
• Locked
Very drunk
He was totally locked at closing time
• Manky
Dirty, filthy, disgusting
My hair feels manky, it needs a wash
• Moran
Fool
He looks a right moran
• Mortified
Highly embarrassed
I was mortified when I realised my mistake
• Mot
Girlfriend (Dublin slang)
Where's your mot tonight?
• Murder
Very difficult or to really want to do something
Finding a taxi was murder, I could murder a Guinness

The Emerald Isle: Ireland

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The Four Leaf Clover: Fact or Fiction?

Actually it does exist although rare! Legend says that if you find one each leaf has a meaning.

  • The first is for Faith.
  • The second is for Hope.
  • The third is for Love.
  • The fourth is for Luck.

Irish Terminology N-T

Slang Word or Phrase
Meaning
Example
• Nixer
Job done for cash to avoid tax
He can do it as a nixer for you
• Not the full shilling
Not fully sane
I don't think he is the full shilling
• On the tear
Going drinking
We were on the tear last night
• Ossified
Drunk
W got ossified
• Oul fella
Your father, dad (Dublin slang)
My oul fella is out at the moment
• Oul dear/oul wan
Your mother, mom
My oul dear is out shopping
• Pictures
Movies, film
We went to the pictures a week ago
• Puss (to have a puss on you)
Sulky face
Take that puss off your face
• Rugger bugger
Someone posh, loud, and loves Rugby
He is a rugger bugger for sure
• Savage
Great, brilliant
It was a savage contest till the end
• Scarlet
Very embarrassed
I was scarlet
• Shattered
Exhausted
After driving, I was shattered
• Slag
nb: Use a verb to mean make fun of someone in a nice way or else it has the same meaning as elsewhere i.e. - common prostitute
He was only slagging you, don't worry
• Sorry
Means sorry and also excuse me, pardon me
Sorry, can I get in there please
• Story? (What's the)
Hi, what's happening
What's the story Rory?
• Suckin' diesel (Now you're)
Now you're talking, now you're doing well
Now you are suckin diesel my friend!
• The pale
Anywhere in the region of Dublin
I am living just outside The Pale
• Thick
Extremely stupid
He is as thick as a plank
• Throw shapes
Show off, sometimes agressively
They were all throwing shapes in the pub
• Trinners
Trinity College Dublin
Did you go to Trinners to do your degree?

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

— W. Somerset Maugham

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      You are fierce and a gas! Hope to be reading your Hubs for many a donkey's year! I would add more comments but I'm off to the jacks now.

      Great job Suzie. I had a good laugh and a lot of fun reading this. I'll put this one in my back pocket for a trip to Ireland someday.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ha!! LOVIN IT me ol china ( oops, didn't make reference to that one! Your gas bdegiulio!! Thanks so much for reading glad you enjoyed, you never know if anyone will!! Finding it slow going but determined to make some dough so I CAN GO ON THE LASH!!! Thanks again my friend.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Beejeezus Suzie HQ,

      C'mere till a tell ya, tell me this n tell me na more. Ya da jist scribbled a savage yoke. D'ya know what a mean like. If a was na busy I'd take ya for a swalley, a few scoops ana drap o wet stuff. Me mucker's actin da maggot and am shtarvin. He's such a tool a tink a'll put the shades on im. Gotta leg it now, a'm go'in for a kip. A will ya share ya cos I dini do naadin like. Sound jobbie, ur a quare oul doll.

      WOW Suzie HQ,

      great hub, I'm still laughing me leg off. Voted up and up and all the usual suspects,

      MJ.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ha!! Yer me only man MJ . . . me fellow Irish headcase!! That's what it is all about, bringing a bit of humour into things. Glad you enjoyed this hub and for your comments and wit, much appreciated as always.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great work, Suzie HQ! I loved it, thank you for the morning laugh. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks so much TToombs08, Glad it gave you a laugh!! When i was writing it, it was actually scary to think, we do actually say these things and they must seem like double dutch to everyone else!!! Even worse is I could have done a dictionary full!! Cheers for reading, and thanks again for your comments earlier.Much appreciated!!!

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      freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Loved it & saved this in favourites as well as we plan to spend some time in Ireland . I am Ciotóg !!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ha!! I'am a ciotoig also . . .all the best people eh?? Thanks for checking it out, glad you enjoyed!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Suzie! I got 100% right on your quiz. It seems that it´s a donkey years now that I have heard some of these words. Thanks for sharing. It reminds me of my wonderful years in Ireland.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I love it! I love the Celtic heritage and studied much of the literature but there isn't much slang involved. Long as a donkey's years.. these are very interesting and I love learning about new cultures.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Wonderful! Love Ireland. My friend will be so proud of my new words when she comes over in August.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks tirelesstraveler,Glad you enjoyed learning a few of our odd words and phrases!! I am sure your friend will be impressed!! Thanks for reading and comments!

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      livingabroad 4 years ago from Wales, UK

      What about "to be sure, to be sure"? Or is that just a cliché?!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ya oh he from the Samui isle!! More of a cliché to be honest! I would only really use "to be sure, to be sure" as a form of emphasizing Irishness, and in a funny way. It is a saying that is often known, as you rightly point out, thanks for the query!!

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Very interesting. Had fun reading all the slang words, some familiar, some not so. And I made perfect score too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks anginwu, your a good student of Irish slang then!!! Glad you enjoyed and found fun.Appreciate your comments as always :-)

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      LMAO! A lot of it seems to be similar to Essex slang ... but, then I'm not sure that's necessarily a good thing lol.

      Shared, up and funny.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Very interesting and it's always nice to learn new words. This is also a good hub if you want to go to Ireland.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers Brett.Tesol!! Interesting on it being close to Essex slang, that's a new one . . .maybe a hub! lol Thanks for your comments and votes, much appreciated!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Made, I had fun writing this one!Hopefully it gives a brief intro into the popular words visitors will hear and not run a mile!!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is great!! I wish I'd had your list before we traveled to Ireland in 2010. We had a wonderful time and although we didn't always understand we had fun trying. Voted up and shared!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks vespawoolf! You will just have to make a return trip!! LOL Glad you enjoyed, appreciate your continued support and votes:-)

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      Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Lovely hub. Should be framed and in a pub.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers chef-de-jour!!LOL what an idea!! Appreciate your comments!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A great idea to put together a hub on slangs. Very interesting and useful as well. Bookmarked it.

      I wish more people write hubs with slangs used in their countries as well.

      Voted up all the way. Shared it too.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and funny. I loved this. Always have wanted to see Ireland now I can practice up on the slang. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Glad you enjoyed Gypsy Rose Lee! As long as it didn't put you off visiting our wee Emerald Isle! Appreciate your votes and sharing!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      rajan jolly, Thanks so much for your lovely comments! Glad you enjoyed and i appreciate your votes and sharing! It was a fun hub to write and laughs all the way!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great hub! I had a wonderful laugh to begin my day with...thank you! One day I will get over there and look up my ancestors, the O'Dowds....greatly enjoyed this hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Delighted it gave laughter to start the day, billybuc!! Had a good laugh writing and thinking god we speak a lot of rubbish!! Lol appreciate you commenting!

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      It is amazing how many of these slang words we use daily here in Dublin lol. I did not realise it until I read your list. Great hub and I enjoyed reading it.

      One you might want to include is Guards. We use it all the time but foreigners would not know it is the slang for our police

      Shared on Twitter and voted awesome and useful

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks viking305, The good old garda, thanks for that, a good one! Had fun compiling, thinking there really is soooo many, where did they all come from?!! Appreciate your input and votes!!

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Dear Susie,

      Here are some words I want to leave you that tell you how I describe this hub: AMAZING; THRILLING; PROFESSIONALLY-WRITTEN AND RESEARCHED; DELIGHTFUL; HYPNOTIC and FUN TO READ. So glad that I found YOU on Hubs.

      You are destined for success in writing. I can sense that.

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Susie: Sorry I forgot. I Voted UP and all the way on this hub. Great, great job! LOVED IT.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Speechless Kenneth! A first for me!! lol Appreciate your incredibly kind words soooo much. It was a fun hub to write, us Irish are good at making fun (polite term!!) of ourselves! Look forward to catching more of your insightful writing!:)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Your a scream, Cheers Kenneth!!!!

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Susie Q,

      you are very welcome to hear the truth about your amazing writing from me any day. And FYI, my ancestors came from Old Ireland. Yes. Proud of that too, lassie! (no correlation to the collie, Lassie, on TV), just waited to say that word. I love it.

      Your friend, Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Susie Q . . .thank YOU for your kind comments as well. Kenneth

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thought there was a hint of the 'ol Irish charm there!! Thanks from this here lass!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      All true,my friend:)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Suzie, this was a hilarious hub! Now, you have sparked within me an interest and desire to go to Ireland! :) If only I could find some vacation time... :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ha!! Glad you found hilarious! For a little island we talk quite a bit of ?@*?@ !!!! Sure you can find that vacation time, your hubs may suffer though!!!lol Appreciate your support and comments!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Voted up, funny and interesting. I'll have to re-read this to get the full effect of all the phrases! Some I know already so I guess they've been taken on as British or slid over the Irish Sea. This is a well-written, fun hub. Congrats. Looking forward to reading more.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi annart, Thanks so much for reading and voting, appreciate your comments!

      Much fun was had compiling our unusual language here!! lol Glad you enjoyed!

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      How-to-crafts 4 years ago from Ireland

      A great selection of slang words we use in our daily conversations here in Dublin. I enjoyed reading them.

      Shared on Twitter and voted up

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi How-to-crafts, Appreciate your comments and sharing! We do use many weird and wonderful words don't we!!

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Yes! 100%! :^D What a fun hub. I may have to pepper my States language with these soon, especially "not the full shilling"! Voted up, funny, and awesome.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi clevercat, Thanks so much for visiting, glad it gave you a chuckle or two! You've highlighted one phrase used quite a bit here! LOL maybe due to the fact us Irish are a wee bit mad at times! Appreciate your voting :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a gas :) Really enjoyed your hub. Have to bookmark it as I do plan on making it over to Ireland one of these years.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Loved this! Now if I can only save enough to go to Ireland so I can test out my nifty new words! Thanks for the fun hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Just Ask Susan,

      Thanks so much for your great comments! I did have fun compiling this, it has to be said! We Irish do have some odd words we use everyday! Hope you get to visit here in the near future, you will then be up to speed fully armed with the lingo!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks mollymeadows for visiting and commenting, I appreciate it! Here's hoping you will get to use here soon!!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I really LOVE this hub!! because I love the IRISH. Seriously...never met one that I didn't take to immediately! They're very funny and fun-loving.......I dated a pure Irishman for a couple of years.....laughed straight through all 2 years!!

      I must have really absorbed your words and meanings because I scored 100% on the test! LOL..........

      Thanks so much for this Suzie! UP+++

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      It's easy enough to see the words now, but to hear them - that's a whole different story. Lol.

      I recently went to Newfoundland, and they have a lot of different slang words also. I spent a lot of time nodding and smiling, and then admitting I had no idea what they were talking about. Their accent didn't help one bit - especially after a few drinks.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi fpherj48, Thanks so much for your lovely comments which definitely made me laugh! Us Irish are a canny lot! LOL It's funny that you mention dating an Irishman. I for years always dated foreign men and then met an Irishman on a blind date and that was 5 yrs ago, still going strong!! Appreciate your support!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Relationshipc, Appreciate your comments and visit! It is interesting that you found slang in Newfoundland hard to understand! So many cultures adopt their own language as if in code it seems! LOL Glad you enjoyed this insight into us Irish a wee bit!!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      This is very interesting hub... I would have ever guessed the meaning of some of these words and phrases! I have never been to Ireland but if I am lucky enough to get the chance to visit, your hub here will come in quite useful! Voting up and useful..thank you for sharing :)

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      Daniel 4 years ago

      Funny reading that as I have taught Irish slang to students abroad :). Nice work :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Daniel, Appreciate your comments! Must be interesting teaching our slang abroad! Thanks again:-) !!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Great information Suzie HQ. Love the lists and entertaining hub. Now, if I can just figure out how to afford that trip to Ireland I long for. Voted up and across.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Pamela,

      I am so glad you enjoyed this compilation of Irish slang. Many are used without us even realizing we must sound odd to foreign visitors! Hopefully you will get to visit us over this neck of the woods and have a head start in the speech! Thanks again for commenting, it is much appreciated!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Suzi -

      And I thought the Irish spoke English! lol

      My cousin does professional Irish dancing and has visited there every year. She is in love with the countryside and the people. I, unfortunately, have never been there, but would love to some day.

      Still smiling over some of the expressions! Great Hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi RC,

      What quick work you are! Thanks very much for your comments, much appreciated this part of the globe! You would be lead to believe us Irish speak the English but don't be fooled!! LOL Check out my other Irish hub sometime for a real "flavour" of warped Irish humour! lol Thanks again RC. :-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      This is fantastic!! I can't wait to use some of these ^_^

      I'm voting and sharing this all over!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mama Kim,

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed it was fun putting together! Appreciate your votes and sharing MK!!!!

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      ElleBee 4 years ago

      Interesting! A few of these I actually wouldn't have even known were slang, because I have used/heard them so much (namely gawked, brutal and mortified). Then again I live in Massachusetts, and it sometimes seems we have as many Irish people as Ireland does :) Certainly interesting - esepcially how some of these phrases we also use, but for entirely different purpose. If someone told me they were shattered, I'd think they were drunk not tired!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ElleBee,

      Many thanks for reading this! Glad you found it interesting and came upon words you recognised. It is amazing how us Irish pop up everywhere, happy to hear a community are thriving in Massachusetts!!! Appreciate your interest and comments Elle Bee! :-)

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      Jeff Boettner 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Glad I took a gander at this hub Suzie HQ :), I studied the words until I was completely knackered. Savage hub for reference, someday I'm makin it to the Pale for a pint of the Black stuff. I'm not slagging you, It's on the top of my list. Voted Up and Sharing, then I'm off to the Jacks!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jeff,

      Like your use of a bit of slang, your are coming on grand and soon you will be suckin diesel me ol' flower!

      Glad you have been getting some mileage out of the jacks at work!! LOL

      Appreciate your reading,votes and sharing!

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      man i loved this article, my family came from Swords in ireland, although i have never been, but it was amazing to read a lot of expressions that me and my brothers use are in your irish slang words..and the others....well we learned them from watching "Father Ted" bless him, he opened up ireland to the world. thanks for a great hub, voted up from me.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi lemonkerdz,

      Welcome! Wow, what a journey Swords to Peru, my bucket list no.1 stop! Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Funny you say you have never been here, you sound very Irish!! Glad you enjoyed this you may enjoy the humour in my other Irish hub, so you want to be Irish !! Looking forward to reading more of your work here! Appreciate your votes!

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      Niamh 4 years ago

      What does 'has the bant' mean?

      Sentence: run down has the bant and gets it off him.

      Ya see i'm in a play and i really need to know what to do....

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Niam,

      Afraid I am not familiar with bant except being short for banter, as in chat, talk. Hope that helps!

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      Nelly Crowe 4 years ago

      Great page! Looking for a slang or colloquial term for farmer. Can you help?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Nelly Crowe,

      Appreciate you dropping in! 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. Hope this helps!

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      Nelly Crowe 4 years ago

      Thanks so much. Will do.

      Nelly

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Your welcome Nelly!

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      the doc 3 years ago

      Definition of a farmer a man how is outstanding in his own field

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Good Line! Thanks

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      Nelly Crowe 3 years ago

      Very funny. It's for a poem and I can just see the look on people's faces in the workshop. Although, it might be fun as a joke. Too bad April Fools' Day is past.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Nelly.

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      Jeff Berndt 3 years ago from Southeast Michigan

      Great stuff! Voted Useful, Interesting, and Up.

      It's funny, though: the thing that wrong-footed me when I first arrived in Ireland isn't on this list. Every time I went to buy something in a sandwich shop or get a bed at a hostel, the person behind the counter would ask me, "Are you okay?" For the first day or so, I thought I might be coming down with something. Then I ended up third in line and heard the woman behind the counter ask everyone if they were okay, and I realized that "Are you okay?" is just the Irish version of "How can I help you?"

      Had a good laugh at myself. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jeff,

      LOL . .OMG, how did that one escape me? You are so right, and I am forever using it! From always working with the public, I often say "Are you okay?" when meaning "may I help you?" and never thought of it being another "Irish" saying or phrase but it obviously is one! There are hundreds of slang I could use but had to limit this list somewhere! maybe another part is needed?? Appreciate greatly you reading and bringing your experience to light, great comment, i love it!

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      Ashraf Mir 3 years ago from Dhaka

      I learned from it. So nice!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi upal19,

      Many thanks hope it made some sense to you! Appreciate your comment!

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Wonderful. I lived in Britain for many years and when I first arrived, I couldn't understand a word they were saying, "You alright me duck?"

      That said at speed, did not sound like English.

      You have compiled a great list here.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Blond Logic,

      Many thanks for visit and comments. With all the different slang and the different accents going on it makes for a very crazy world of language! In England there are so many curious expressions or slang too so no wonder you found it daunting. Thanks so much for input!

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      Rachel 3 years ago

      You have no idea how much of this I recognised... and I've never been to Ireland! So much of this looks like Australian slang to me.

      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. Oh, and "it's bucketing down" comes up semi-regularly in winter (you know, when it actually rains).

      And who said Strine was an Australian invention?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for the comment! Had no idea those words were common in Australia. I lived in NZ for a year and did not hear any Aussies use them either. Funny how some are in both but then maybe not since so many Irish are there! Thanks so much!

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      buachaildana 3 years ago

      gwan oura dat ye bleedin' mad ting. ur aulfellas a durtburd for sayin i stroked ur scratcher out d gaf man. he can ask me bollix if he tinks im gettin into a barney wit him over it the poxbottle, sure ur aulwan kno's wot he's like n all inanyways dya kno worimean pal. nice wan yea, cyerafter.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Nice one buachaildana, quite an appropriate name! LOL

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      Laura 3 years ago

      Hahaha that was gas! :P Reall fun and great craic ;)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Laura,

      Glad you enjoyed!

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      Erin O'Connor 3 years ago

      brill site ! and I went to Trinners !!!

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

      Great fun!! Thank you for sharing those great Irish slang words with us :) Brilliant. Have a great week.

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      maria 3 years ago

      Those words make no sense

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      ned the horse 2 years ago

      For allot more of these check out our web site.

      http://www.irishslang.info

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Suzanne, this was a real interesting read about the top Irish slang words and their meanings. Voted up!

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      Lee Cloak 23 months ago

      A great fun hub, really well put together, great stuff, well done, thanks for sharing, voted up, Lee

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      darren kent 20 months ago

      is there a slang word for insult?

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      Christine Byrne 5 weeks ago

      My father, from Dublin, often says: Jaysus! It would make you jump up and never come down again!

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