[ ahy-rish ]
/ ˈaɪ rɪʃ /
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of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its inhabitants, or their language.


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.



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Idioms for Irish

    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

First recorded in 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 Irish

/ (ˈaɪrɪʃ) /


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
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Idioms and Phrases with Irish


see luck of the devil (Irish).

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