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[ahy-ri-shiz-uh m]
  1. a custom, manner, practice, idiom, etc., characteristic of the Irish.
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Also Iricism.

Origin of Irishism

First recorded in 1725–35; Irish + -ism
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Examples from the Web for irishism

Historical Examples of irishism

  • There was certainly somewhat of an Irishism in the baronet's remark.

    Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.

    Pierce Egan

  • We have a lot of Irishmen on board which explains this Irishism.

  • Kilt, an Irishism for badly beaten, but by no means equivalent with killed.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • In two points only was the continuity of the Irishism of Ireland damaged.

  • Mrs. Maper corrected the Irishism by saying, "Do you mean dismiss?"

British Dictionary definitions for irishism


  1. an Irish custom or idiom
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