[ ahy-ri-shiz-uhm ]

  1. a custom, manner, practice, idiom, etc., characteristic of the Irish.

Origin of Irishism

First recorded in 1725–35; Irish + -ism

Words Nearby Irishism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Irishism in a sentence

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

  • Yet it is an incident worth lingering on; the depravity, savagery and degraded Irishism being never so well admitted.

    Past and Present | Thomas Carlyle
  • No man in the industrial machine is a free-will agent, except the large capitalist, and he isn't, if you'll pardon the Irishism.

    The Iron Heel | Jack London
  • Said hole being usually filled—to use an Irishism—with a center-table loaded to the guards with art portfolios.

    Cape of Storms | Percival Pollard
  • We have a lot of Irishmen on board which explains this Irishism.

British Dictionary definitions for Irishism


/ (ˈaɪrɪˌʃɪzəm) /

  1. an Irish custom or idiom

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