Origin of IrishMiddle English ; from Old English ?risc ; from ?ras, the Irish ; from Old Irish Eriu, Ireland from source Eire
- the Celtic language spoken in Ireland
- the variety of English spoken in Ireland
- Informal temper: chiefly in get someone's Irish up, to arouse someone's temper
- (used with a pl. verb)a. The people of Ireland.b. People of Irish ancestry.
- a. The Goidelic language of Ireland. Also called Irish Gaelic.b. See Irish English.
- Informal Fieriness of temper or passion; high spirit.
Origin of IrishMiddle English, from Old English &Imacron;ras, the Irish; see pei&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more Irish, superlative most Irish)
- Pertaining to or originating from Ireland or the Irish people.
- Sheep are typical in the Irish landscape.
- Pertaining to the Irish language.
- (Derogatory) Nonsensical, daft or complex.
- "A number of derogatory nicknames began to emerge, including "Irish confetti" for thrown bricks, and "Irish kiss" for a slap" (Wisegeek.com)
Middle English Irisce (12th c.), from Old English Īras, from Old Norse írar, from Old Irish Ériu (modern Éire (“Ireland”)), from Proto-Celtic *Īwerjū (“fat land, fertile”), from Proto-Indo-European *pi-wer- (“fertile”), literally "fat," akin to Ancient Greek πίειρα (píeira, “fertile land”), Sanskrit [script?] (pívarī, “fat”).