- of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its inhabitants, or their language.
- get one's Irish up, Informal. to become angry or outraged: Don't go getting your Irish up over a little matter like that.
Origin of Irish
Examples from the Web for irish
The month of May will see an Irish referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
After years at the head of a parochial school classroom, he could no longer distinguish one blond Irish Catholic kid from another.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
A notably large Irish contingent took part in the infamous draft riots because they did not want to compete for jobs with blacks.This Week's Riots Are Part of America's Long History of Racial Rage
November 29, 2014
Irish immigrants were more likely to vote Democratic, and German immigrants voted Republican.What Lincoln Could Teach Fox News
November 6, 2014
By 2013, that figure rose to $61 million, surpassing Jameson Irish whiskey and Patron tequila.Europeans Recall Fireball Whiskey Over a Sweetener Also Used in Antifreeze
October 28, 2014
The question that overshadowed all others, however, was that of the Irish Church.
This step followed legitimately after the disestablishment of the Irish Church.
But there, as well as in the House, the Irish Establishment was doomed.
Every species of mere bodily labor is the prerogative of these Irish.Sketches from Memory
The fact is, her laurels, for the most part, have been gathered by Irish hands.Ridgeway
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its people, their Celtic language, or their dialect of English
- informal, offensive ludicrous or illogical
- the Irish (functioning as plural) the natives or inhabitants of Ireland
- another name for Irish Gaelic
Word Origin and History for irish
c.1200, Irisce, from stem of Old English Iras "inhabitant of Ireland," from Old Norse irar, ultimately from Old Irish Eriu (accusative Eirinn, Erinn) "Erin," which is from Old Celtic *Iveriu (accusative *Iverionem, ablative *Iverione), perhaps from PIE *pi-wer- "fertile," literally "fat," from root *peie- "to be fat, swell" (see fat (adj.)).
Meaning "temper, passion" is 1834, American English (first attested in writings of Davy Crockett), from the legendary pugnacity of Irish people. Irish-American is from 1832; Irish coffee is from 1950. Wild Irish (late 14c.) originally were those not under English rule; Black Irish in reference to those of Mediterranean appearance is from 1888.