Irish Slang

73 terms


i.e., eminent; used to express great rascality in any one; “an anointed  scoundrel,” king among scoundrels.—Irish.

Arrah Now

An unmeaning expletive, frequently used by the vulgar Irish.


He beats Banaghan; an Irish saying of one who tells wonderful stories. Perhaps Banaghan was a minstrel famous for dealing in the marvellous.

Barking Irons

Pistols, from their explosion resembling the bow-wow or barking of a dog. IRISH.


flattery, powers of persuasion. A castle in the county of Cork. It is said that whoever kisses a certain stone in this castle will be able to persuade others of whatever he or she pleases. The name of the castle is derived from bladh , a blossom, i.e., the flowery or fertile demesne. Bladh  is also flattery; hence the connexion. A more than ordinarily persuasive Irishman is said to have “kissed the blarney  stone.”
He has licked the blarney stone; he deals in the wonderful, or tips us the traveller. The blarney stone is a triangular stone on the very top of an ancient castle of that name in the county of Cork in Ireland, extremely difficult of access; so that to have ascended to it, was considered as a proof of perseverance, courage, and agility, whereof many are supposed to claim the honour, who never atchieved the adventure: and to tip the blarney, is figuratively used telling a marvellous story, or falsity; and also sometimes to express flattery. Irish.

Bog Lander

An Irishman; Ireland being famous for its large bogs, which furnish the chief fuel in many parts of that kingdom.

Bog Latin

Barbarous Latin. Irish.--See DOG LATIN and APOTHECARIES LATIN.

Bothered Or Both-eared

Talked to at both ears by different persons at the same time, confounded, confused. IRISH PHRASE.

Bristol Man

The son of an Irish thief and a Welch whore.


One who has a strong Irish pronunciation or accent.