[ mik ]
/ mɪk /

noun (often lowercase) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term for a person of Irish birth or descent.

Origin of Mick

1870–75, Americanism; generic use of Mick, hypocoristic form of Michael

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British Dictionary definitions for mick


Mickey (ˈmɪkɪ)

/ (mɪk) /


(sometimes not capital) derogatory a slang name for an Irishman or a Roman Catholic
Australian the tails side of a coin

Word Origin for Mick

C19: from the nickname for Michael

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Word Origin and History for mick



derogatory slang for "Irishman," 1856, from nickname of common Irish name Michael (q.v.).

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