For a full in depth database of Irish Slang terminology have a look at www.IrishSlang.info 

 

Some examples of Irish Slang and commonly-used Irish language phrases .....   

  • Acting the Maggot - Fooling and messing around.
  • An Lár - (Irish - 'On Larr') - City Centre (An Lar is written on the front of Dublin buses to confuse tourists!)
  • Áras an Uachtaráin - (Irish - 'Arr Iss On Ook Tar Awn') - Home of the President i.e. Located in the Phoenix Park in Dublin

  • Bad dose - Severe illness
  • Bags (To make a bags of something) - a botched job
  • Bang on - Correct. Accurate
  • Banjaxed - Broken
  • Batch Bread - Thick bread, sometimes sliced already
  • Biteen - Little bit
  • Black Stuff - Guinness
  • Bogball - Gaelic Football
  • Bogger - A person from the countryside
  • Bowsie - A useless good for nothing usually a male
  • Boyo - Male juvenile delinquent
  • Bazzer -A haircut (Cork)
  • Brutal - Terrible or awful
  • Bucketing down - Raining
  • Bulmers - Legendary Irish cider, called 'Magners' abroad
  • Bunk Off - To skip school

  • Chancer - Someone who'd try anything i.e. 'chance their arm'
  • Chiseler - A child (Dublin slang)
  • Ciotóg- A left handed preson (irish- Kithogue)
  • Cod/Codding ya - To pull someone's leg
  • College - University
  • Craic - Fun; gossip i.e. "What's/How's the craic?" means "tell me your news/gossip"
  • Crack on -Continue on
  • Crocked - Broken 
  • Croker - Croke Park in Dublin (main GAA stadium)
  • Culchie - A person from the countryside (i.e. outside Dublin) from agricultural
  • Cute hoor - A sly person, someone who quietly engineers things to his own advantage.

  • Dekko- Look at or inspect 
  • Delira and Excira - 'Delighted and Excited' (Dublin slang)
  • Dub - A Dubliner. A 'True Blue Dub' is praise.
  • Dubes - Short for Dubarry (A brand of shoe favoured by Rugger Buggers)
  • Dublin 4 / D4 - A Dublin postcode, but usually refers to a posh person (even if they're from another Dublin postcode)
  • Deadly - Fantastic, Wonderful
  • Dense - stupid or thick
  • Desperate - terrible  (isn't she/he so/just so Desperate)  awful   (Irish Roscommon etc slang)
  • Donkey's years - For a very very long time
  • Dosser - Someone who is not working at their job

 

  • Eat the head off - To give out to someone
  • Eejit - Complete fool
  • Earwiging- Listening in    to a private conversation
  • Effin' and blindin' - Swearing, cursing
  • Eff off - polite swear word


  • Fair play! - Well done
  • Feck Off - Go away. 
  • Fella - A guy. Particularly as in 'Me Fella' or 'My boyfriend / husband / partner' (Dublin slang)
  • Fierce - Very
  • Fine thing - Good looking man or woman
  • Floozie - Woman of dubious moral attributes
  • Fluthered - Very drunk
  • Fool eegit  - Idiot (Cork slang) 
  • Fooster - fiddling about
  • Football - Soccer

  • GAA - Gaelic Athletics Association (Organisation responsible for Hurling and Gaelic Football). Sometimes referred to as 'Gah' instead of the G.A.A.
  • Gaa - same as the GAA  pronounced as as a single syllable GAH
  • Gaff - Home. 'To have a free gaff' means you're home alone
  • Gammy - crooked or funny looking; as in "he has a gammy leg"
  • Gander - A quick glance
  • Garrison Game - Football / soccer
  • Gas - Funny or amusing
  • Gawk - To stare rudely
  • Gaybo Famous Irish T.V and Radio personality Gay Byrne
  • Get Outta That Garden - affectionate phrase generally thrown into a conversation to encourage laughter, example: "ah would ya get outta that garden!"
  • Give out - To have a go / chew someone out e.g. I gave out to him
  • Glass (A Glass of ) a half pint Beer/Cider/Guinness
  • Gobshite - Socially inept person and / or complete fool
  • Gouger - aggressive male
  • Guff - excuses and lies
  • Gurrier - Hooligan

  • Hames/Haymes- Complete mess e.g. to make a complete haymes of something
  • Hardchaw - Tough Guy
  • Harpic - as in "a pint of harpic", reference to Harp, a former brand of lager beer
  • Hockeyed - Heavily defeated
  • Holy Joe - Self righteous person
  • Holy show - Disgrace
  • How's she cutting? - 'Hi'
  • Howya - 'Hi' or a person from a rough area of Dublin
  • Hurl - To play hurling. A hurley stick. To vomit. Or to throw.

  • Jackeen - A rural person's name for a Dubliner and it's not nice.
  • Jacks - toilet
  • Jo Maxi - Taxi. Shortened to simply 'Joer' (pronounced: jo-er)
  • Joy (The) - Mountjoy Prison in Dublin

  • Kip - a dump. e.g.: "The hotel was a complete kip." Or to have a sleep.
  • Knacker Drinking - To drink outside illegaly
  • Knackered - Very tired or broken beyond repair

  • Langer - A cork name for an unliked person (male) 
  • Langers- Very drunk
  • Lash - To rain. e.g.: "It lashed out of the heavens the whole time." Also verb : 'give it a lash - to make an attempt at something or 'to go on the lash' - to out drinking
  • Leg it - To run away quickly
  • Locked - Very drunk

  • Manky - Filthy dirty or disgusting
  • Mi Daza (Cork) Means excellent, brilliant, fantastic. Pronounced (mee-dah-za) 
  • Mineral- a soft drink
  • Mitch - To skip school
  • Moran - A fool
  • Mortified (or  morto, e.g.  I was morto!) -  Highly embarrassed
  • Mot - Girlfriend (Dublin slang). From 'maith', Gaelic for 'good'.
  • Murder - Very difficult. e.g.: "Trying to find a taxi was murder." Or else to really want to do something e.g. 'I could murder a pint.'

  • Naggin - A small bottle of alcohol, particularly vodka
  • Nip (in the) - nude
  • Nixer - job done for cash to avoid tax
  • Norn Iron - Northern Ireland
  • Not the full shilling - not fully sane
  • Now your sucking diesel  You have solved or understand a problem

     

  • On the tear - To go out drinking
  • Ossified - Very drunk
  • Oul Fella - Your Father (Dublin slang)
  • Oul Dear / Oul Wan - Your Mother (Dublin slang)
  • Oul Doll - Girlfriend (Pronounced: Owl-Doll)
  • Paralytic - Very drunk
  • Pictures - To go to the movies i.e. I went to the pictures last night
  • Plain - Guinness, as in  Flann O'Brien's "a pint of plain is your only man", or similar black stout
  • Plastered - Very drunk
  • Puss (To have a puss on you) - Sulky face

  • Rugger Bugger - Person who's posh loud and likes rugby (usually from Dublin)
  • Rugger Hugger - Girl who's posh and goes out with rugby players (usually from Dublin). Can also be called a 'Rugger Bugger'.

  • Savage - brilliant, great e.g I went to see a savage match yesterday  
  • Scarlet - To be very embarrassed e.g. 'I was scarlet'
  • School - Primary or Secondary School / Elementary, Junior High or Senior High School
  • Senior Cup - Major schools rugby trophy played for by schools mainly in Dublin.
  • Shattered - Very tired
  • Sheila - a pet name for a promiscuous girl. 
  • Shinner - Someone who supports Sinn Fein
  • Shite -  something that's bad quality, as in "the car was a pile of shite"
  • Shower of savages - Ignorant group of people
  • Slag - To make fun of someone in a nice way ,nb to be used as a verb, if not has the same meaning as elsewhere ie 'a common prostitute'.
  • Sleeveen - Devious and sly person, usually referring to someone from outside Dublin
  • Sliced Pan - Bread bought already cut into thinnish slices
  • Sorry- means Sorry, also used instead of excuse me or pardon me. If you want to get to the bar say Sorry !
  • Story? (What's the) - 'Hi'
  • Suckin' diesel (Now you're) - Now you're talking. Now you're doing well

  • Tánaiste - (Irish - 'Tawn Ish Teh') - Deputy Prime Minister
  • Taoiseach - (Irish - 'Tee Shock') - Prime Minister
  • Tayto - Legendary Irish brand of crisps (US 'chips')
  • The Pale - Anywhere inside the Dublin region
  • Thick - Extremely stupid
  • Throw shapes - To show off, sometimes aggressively
  • Touched - Someone who hasn't their full mental capacities i.e. He's touched
  • Town - City Centre or even the local town!
  • Tricolour - Irish flag
  • Trinners - Trinity College Dublin

  • Uachtarán na hÉireann - (Irish - 'Ook Tar Awn Na Hair In') - President (Of Ireland)

  • Weak as a kitten - Very tired 
  • Waster -  Someone who's completely useless i.e. 'Yer man's an awful waster altogether'
  • Work away - Continue what you are doing
  • Yoke - An object or thing i.e. 'That's a strange looking yoke, what is it?' 
  • Young Fella (male) or Young One (female) - Young man or Young woman (Dublin slang)
  • Your Man (male) or Your Woman (female)   - referring to someone you are talking about (not boy or girl friend/wife etc.)
  • Your only man - Something that you can rely on e.g. If you're hungry, a burger's your only man (a burger will alleviate your hunger), see Plain above 

For a full in depth database of Irish Slang terminology have a look at www.IrishSlang.info