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Top 80 Irish Slang words you should know!

Top 80 Irish Slang words you should know! February 9, 2014

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80 Irish slang words.

Were sure that there is probably some more.. but here is a vast majority of them. Enjoy and be sure to share! :)

SLANG WORD
MEANING
EXAMPLE
• Acting the Maggot
Fooling and messing around
Stop acting the maggot
• Bad dose
Severe illness
You got a bad dose of it, did’nt you
• Bags (To make a bags of something)
Make a mess of doing something
He made a right bags of that
• Bang on
Right, Accurate, Correct
You are bang on
• Banjaxed
Broken
The chair is banjaxed
• Black Stuff
Guinness
A pint of the black stuff please
• Boyo
Male, Juvenile
Come on you boyo!
• Brutal
Awful, Dreadful
It was a brutal tackle
• Bucketing down
Raining hard
It is bucketing down
• Bunk Off
Skip (school, work)
I know you bunked off today
• Chancer
Someone who takes a risk
He is a real chancer
• Chiseler
Young child (Dublin slang)
He was a chiseler at the time
• Ciotóg
Left-Handed
I am a Ciotog and proud
• Cod/Codding ya
To pull someone’s leg
I am only codding ya!
• Craic
Fun, Gossip, Going on’s
What’s / Where’s the craic?
• Crack on
Continue on, Get going
I must crack on, lots to do
• Culchie
Person from rural / agricultural area
She is a culchie originally
• Cute hoor
Person who quietly engineers things to their own advantage
He is a real cute hoor
• Delira and Excira
Delighted and Excited (Dublin slang)
Are you delira and excira about it?
• Deadly
Brilliant, Fantastic, Great
That was a deadly film

SLANG WORD
MEANING
EXAMPLE
• Donkey’s years
For a very very long time
They have lived there donkey’s years
• Dosser
Someone not working or is messing about, up to no good
They are a couple of dosser’s
• Eat the head off
To give out to someone
Don’t eat the head off me
• Eejit
Complete fool, doing something silly
You are such an eejit
• Earwiging
Listening in on a private conversation
You were earwiging again, Yes?
• Effin’ and Blindin’
Swearing and Cursing
He was effin’ and blindin’ non stop
• Eff off
Polite swear word (for the F word)
Ah just eff off will ya
• Fair play!
Well done!
Fair play mate!
• Feck Off
Go away (polite version), used to show surprise or shock
Feck off . . . . don’t be bothering me
• Fella
Used for your guy, as in ‘Me Fella’ partner/husband/boyfriend
Is your fella going to be there?
• Fierce
Very Good, Great, Excellent
It was a fierce performance
• Fine thing
Good looking man or woman
That guy is a fine thing
• Floozie
Woman of dubious moral attributes
The place is full of floozie’s
• Fluthered
Very Drunk
I was absolutely fluthered last night
• Gaff
Home, to have a ‘ free gaff ‘ means you are home alone
I will pop over to your gaff later
• Gammy
Crooked, or odd looking
He had a gammy leg
• Gander
Quick glance
Take a quick gander in here first
• Gas
Funny or Amusing
He is a gas man
• Gawk
To stare rudely
Stop gawking
• Get Outta That Garden
Fun phrase used in a conversation to get a laugh, reaction
wud ya get outta that garden!!!

SLANG WORD
MEANING
EXAMPLE
• Grand
Alot of Uses, most popular are: reply to How are you, How are you feeling, Being told of a decision
We will meet you there – ” Grand “; Dinner will be 10 minutes – ” Grand “
• Hames/Haymes
Complete mess
I made a complete haymes of that work
• Holy Joe
Self Righteous person
She is a bit of a holy joe actually
• Holy show
disgraceful scene
She made a holy show of herself
• How’s she cuttin’?
Hi,How are you, What’s news?
How’s she cuttin’?
• Howya
Hi, Hello
Howya doin’?
• Jackeen
A rural person’s name for a Dubliner
You are a jackeen . . . .my sympathies!
• Jacks
Toilet
I’m off to the jacks
• Jo Maxi
Taxi, Cab
We can get a jo maxi in later
• Kip
A dump of a place and also a sleep
I had a quick kip before dinner; It was a real kip of a hotel
• Knackered
Exhausted, Tired
I was completely knackered
• Langers
Drunk
She was totaly langers last Friday
• Lash
3 meanings – To rain hard, To make an attempt at something or To go out drinking
It was lashing out of the heavens, Give it a lash or Let’s go on the lash Saturday
• Leg it
Run away quickly
Come on, we need to leg it now!
• Locked
Very drunk
He was totally locked at closing time
• Manky
Dirty, Flithy, Disgusting
My hair feels manky, it needs a wash
• Moran
Fool
He looks a right moran
• Mortified
Highly Embarrassed
I was mortified when i realised my mistake
• Mot
Girlfriend (Dublin slang)
Where’s your mot tonight?
• Murder
Very Difficult or to really want to do something
Finding a taxi was murder, I could murder a Guinness
• Nixer
Job done for cash to avoid tax
He can do it as a nixer for you
• Not the full shilling
Not fully sane
I don’t think he is the full shilling
• On the tear
Going drinking
We were on the tear last night
• Ossified
Drunk
W got ossified
• Oul Fella
Your Father, Dad (Dublin slang)
My oul fella is out at the moment
• Oul Dear / Oul Wan
Your Mother, Mom
My oul dear is out shopping
• Pictures
Movies, Film
We went to the pictures a week ago
• Puss (To have a puss on you)
Sulky face
Take that puss off your face
• Rugger Bugger
Someone posh, loud and loves Rugby
He is a rugger bugger for sure
• Savage
Great, Brilliant
It was a savage contest till the end
• Scarlet
Very embarrassed
I was scarlet
• Shattered
Exhausted
After driving, I was shattered
• Slag
nb: Use a verb to mean make fun of someone in a nice way oe else it has the same meaning as elsewhere ie – common prostitute
He was only slagging you, don’t worry
• Sorry
Means Sorry and also Excuse me, Pardon me
Sorry, can I get in there please
• Story? (What’s the)
Hi, What’s happening
What’s the story Rory?
• Suckin’ diesel (Now you’re)
Now your talking, Now your doing well
Now you are suckin diesel my friend!
• The Pale
Anywhere in the region of Dublin
I am living just outside The Pale
• Thick
Extremely stupid
He is as thick as a plank
• Throw shapes
Show off, sometimes agressively
They were all throwing shapes in the pub
• Trinners
Trinity College Dublin
Did you go to Trinners to do your degree?

I moved to Australia in 2013 and created this blog to help Irish people living in Australia. 10 million visitors later it now has evolved into a job board, flight company and offers support with many services Irish people need when they move to Australia. Pop over to my resources page(irisharoundoz.com/resources) to find every service and product I recommend. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you here again.