Irish Definition

īrĭsh
adjective
Of Ireland or its people, language, or culture.
Webster's New World
(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)
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noun
The variety of English spoken in Ireland.
Webster's New World
People of Irish ancestry.
American Heritage
The Celtic language spoken in Ireland.
Webster's New World
Temper.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Irish peopleIrish whiskyirish whiskeyirish-gaelic
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pronoun

The Goidelic language indigenous to Ireland, also known as Irish Gaelic.

Irish is the first official and national language of Ireland.
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A surname​.

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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Irish

  • the Irish

Origin of Irish

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English Īras the Irish peiə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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