1540s; see papal + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for papish

Historical Examples of papish

  • But stop—I'll settle it in a word's speaking: here you—you old Papish, where are you?

    Willy Reilly

    William Carleton

  • He objected to being referred to by Mrs. Macfarlane as a “Papish” and a “Rebel.”

  • In any case, their approach was heralded by the firing over "Papish" houses, as the processionists came towards Dolly's Brae.

  • I daresay that body's the vera deevil himsell in the shape o' the auld Papish beggar!

  • Give me a Papish that breaks the law, let him be priest or layman, and I'm the boy that will take a grip of him if I can get him.

    Willy Reilly

    William Carleton