What does Irish mean?

Definitions for Irish
ˈaɪ rɪʃirish

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Irish, Irish peoplenoun

    people of Ireland or of Irish extraction

  2. Irish, Irish whiskey, Irish whiskynoun

    whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley

  3. Irish, Irish Gaelicadjective

    the Celtic language of Ireland

  4. Irishadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of Ireland or its people


  1. Irishn. sing. & pl.

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


  1. Irishnoun

    The Irish people.

  2. Irishnoun

    A board game of the tables family.

  3. Irishnoun

    Temper; anger, passion.

  4. Irishnoun

    whiskey, or whisky, elaborated in Ireland.

  5. Irishadjective

    Pertaining to or originating from Ireland or the Irish people.

    Sheep are typical in the Irish landscape.

  6. Irishadjective

    Pertaining to the Irish language.

  7. Irishadjective

    (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)

  8. Irishnoun

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

    Irish is the first official and national language of Ireland

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Irishadjective

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

  2. Irish

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

  3. Irish

    the language of the Irish; the Hiberno-Celtic

  4. Irish

    an old game resembling backgammon

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


  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

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  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. Sarah Shepherd:

    Irish basically has a really beautiful musicality, they start at the top and go all the way down to the bottom. The other thing they do that adds to the beauty of it is they're soft on the consonants, like Ds and Ts. If( the Irish language) were a person, it'd be very sensitive and spiritual.

  2. Joan Walsh:

    But you know what’s also sad to me is that this cohort, I wrote about my Irish Catholic working class family, this cohort used to be so patriotic, and so much America—love it or leave it, things that I didn’t like about it, but that was just so stirred by this country’s—what they perceived as its values and much of the same cohort is with Donald Trump—dismissing the Russia allegations, doing nothing to support the people who are trying to get answers, and I find this kind of relative, this relativity about well, you know, if my guy doesn’t think it’s important or if my guy might even be threatened by it, then I don’t care either, that is not patriotism. That is something else entirely.

  3. Nigel Dodds:

    We welcome the Prime Minister's commitment to ensuring that the Brexit deal in no way weakens the United Kingdom, but it is also vitally important that the EU's interpretation of the backstop is rejected and ensure there is no border down the Irish sea.

  4. Clare Brophy:

    In the eyes of Irish law, I'm equal to an unborn fetus. I'm not.

  5. Dirk Parker:

    This happened on St. Patrick's Day week, being Irish, it must have been the luck of the Irish that helped me find Pinky again on the second day.

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