Irish

[ ahy-rish ]
/ ˈaɪ rɪʃ /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its inhabitants, or their language.

noun

the inhabitants of Ireland and their descendants elsewhere.
the aboriginal Celtic-speaking people of Ireland.
Also called Irish Gaelic. the Celtic language of Ireland in its historical or modern form. Abbreviation: Ir, Ir.Compare Middle Irish, Old Irish.

Idioms

    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

1175–1225; Middle English Yrisse, Iris(c)h; compare Old English Īras people of Ireland (cognate with Old Norse Īrar); see -ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for get one's irish up

Irish

/ (ˈaɪrɪʃ) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its people, their Celtic language, or their dialect of English
informal, offensive ludicrous or illogical

noun

the Irish (functioning as plural) the natives or inhabitants of Ireland
another name for Irish Gaelic
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Idioms and Phrases with get one's irish up

Irish


see luck of the devil (Irish).

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