What does Irish mean?

Definitions for Irish
ˈaɪ rɪʃIr·ish

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Irish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Irish, Irish people(noun)

    people of Ireland or of Irish extraction

  2. Irish, Irish whiskey, Irish whisky(noun)

    whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley

  3. Irish, Irish Gaelic(adj)

    the Celtic language of Ireland

  4. Irish(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of Ireland or its people

GCIDE

  1. Irish(n. sing. & pl.)

    The language of the Irish; also called Irish Gaelic or the Hiberno-Celtic.

Wiktionary

  1. Irish(Noun)

    The Irish people.

    Etymology: Irisce (12th c.), from Īras, from írar, from Ériu (mod. Éire), from Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to , '.

  2. Irish(Noun)

    A board game of the tables family.

    Etymology: Irisce (12th c.), from Īras, from írar, from Ériu (mod. Éire), from Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to , '.

  3. Irish(Noun)

    Temper; anger, passion.

    Etymology: Irisce (12th c.), from Īras, from írar, from Ériu (mod. Éire), from Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to , '.

  4. Irish(Noun)

    whiskey, or whisky, elaborated in Ireland.

    Etymology: Irisce (12th c.), from Īras, from írar, from Ériu (mod. Éire), from Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to , '.

  5. Irish(Adjective)

    Pertaining to or originating from Ireland or the Irish people.

    Sheep are typical in the Irish landscape.

    Etymology: Irisce (12th c.), from Īras, from írar, from Ériu (mod. Éire), from Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to , '.

  6. Irish(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the Irish language.

    Etymology: Irisce (12th c.), from Īras, from írar, from Ériu (mod. Éire), from Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to , '.

  7. Irish(Adjective)

    (Derogatory) Nonsensical, daft or complex.

    "A number of derogatory nicknames began to emerge, including "Irish confetti" for thrown bricks, and "Irish kiss" for a slap" (Wisegeek.com)

    Etymology: Irisce (12th c.), from Īras, from írar, from Ériu (mod. Éire), from Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to , '.

  8. Irish(ProperNoun)

    The Goidelic language indigenous to Ireland, also known as Irish Gaelic.

    Irish is the first official and national language of Ireland

    Etymology: Irisce (12th c.), from Īras, from írar, from Ériu (mod. Éire), from Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to , '.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Irish(adj)

    of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced in Ireland

    Etymology: [AS. risc, fr. ras the Irish. Cf. Aryan, Erse.]

  2. Irish

    the natives or inhabitants of Ireland, esp. the Celtic natives or their descendants

    Etymology: [AS. risc, fr. ras the Irish. Cf. Aryan, Erse.]

  3. Irish

    the language of the Irish; the Hiberno-Celtic

    Etymology: [AS. risc, fr. ras the Irish. Cf. Aryan, Erse.]

  4. Irish

    an old game resembling backgammon

    Etymology: [AS. risc, fr. ras the Irish. Cf. Aryan, Erse.]

Freebase

  1. Irish

    Irish, also known as Irish Gaelic or Gaelic, is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. Irish is currently spoken as a first language by a small minority of Irish people, as well as being a second language for a rather larger group. Irish enjoys constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland. It is an official language of the European Union and an officially recognised minority language in Northern Ireland. Irish was the predominant language of the Irish people for most of their recorded history, and they brought it with them to other countries, notably Scotland and the Isle of Man, where it gave rise to Scottish Gaelic and Manx. It has the oldest vernacular literature in Western Europe. The fate of the language was influenced by the increasing power of the British state in Ireland. Elizabethan officials viewed the use of Irish unfavourably, as being a threat to all things English in Ireland. Its decline began under English rule in the seventeenth century. The latter part of the nineteenth century saw a dramatic decrease in the number of speakers, beginning after the Great Famine of 1845–1852. Irish-speaking areas were hit especially hard. By the end of British rule, the language was spoken by less than 15% of the national population. Since then, Irish speakers have been in the minority except in areas collectively known as the Gaeltacht. Ongoing efforts have been made to preserve, promote and revive the language by both the state and independent individuals and organisations, but with mixed results.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Irish

    ī′rish, adj. relating to or produced in Ireland.—n. language of the Irish, a form of Celtic: (pl.) the natives or inhabitants of Ireland.—ns. I′ricism, I′rishism, a phrase or idiom peculiar to the Irish.—n.pl. I′rishry, the people of Ireland.—Irish moss, carrageen; Irish stew, a palatable dish of mutton, onions, and potatoes, seasoned, and stewed in water mixed with flour.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Irish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1738

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Irish' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2891

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Irish' in Adjectives Frequency: #229

Anagrams for Irish »

  1. rishi

  2. sirih

How to pronounce Irish?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Irish in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Irish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Irish in a Sentence

  1. Conor McGregor:

    I come from a place called Crumlin, in Dublin 12. It’s a place dear to my heart. It’s where I learned how to fight; it made me who I am today. It’s a place I’m still very much a part of every single day of my life. So, that’s where the name came from. It’s proper Irish whiskey and twelve is my hometown, growing up on the streets of Dublin 12, I learned the values of loyalty and hard work. I respect other Irish whiskeys, but I am coming in strong, with passion and with purpose. I am the founder of this company and I am going to give it my all.

  2. Jed Mercurio:

    The other thing is, unfortunately, the reality of our situation is that the principal terror threats in the UK do originate from Islamist sympathizers, i do understand that's different from the religion of Islam, but it's the reality of who the perpetrators are of the majority of the offenses. If the show were set in the recent British past, the attackers might be Irish republicans.

  3. Steve King:

    Ted Kennedy said,' this won't change the demographic makeup in America,' and he meant there'll be just as many Irish coming in as there used to be. And of course, that didn't turn out to be true, and now we have people kneeling on the sidelines at the pro football games out of disrespect to our flag and what it stands for.

  4. August McGregor:

    I ’m going to take over the Irish whiskey market, and this is delicious, so keep an eye out for it.

  5. Simon Coveney:

    While we have a huge amount of contingency planning in place ... I wouldn't like to give the impression that we could easily manage a no-deal Brexit, it would put huge strain on the Irish economy.

Images & Illustrations of Irish

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