of, relating to, or characteristic of , its inhabitants, or their language.
the inhabitants of and their descendants elsewhere.
the aboriginal Celtic-speaking people of .
Also called Irish Gaelic. the Celtic language of in its historical or modern form.
Abbreviation: Ir, Ir.
Compare , .
get one’s Irish up, Informal. to become angry or outraged:
Don’t go getting your Irish up over a little matter like that.
“I felt like a failure for being sick,” she said, deflating for a moment over her Irish coffee.
The Stripper Who Lost a Breast Melissa Lion August 20, 2009
Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope, the story of an Irish lawyer who more or less wanders into Parliament.
Scott Turow: How I Write Noah Charney October 22, 2013
Obama also has Irish roots, even further proof of how important the Emerald Isle is to our national gene pool.
How Insane Is the Beer Summit? Stanley Crouch July 29, 2009
Said an African American commentator who preferred not to be identified: “Phil Griffin loves hiring white Irish guys.”
The Unbearable Whiteness of Cable Rachel Sklar June 23, 2010
She talks about breaking into an Irish accent, her first book, and Michael Moore.
How I Write: Julianna Baggott Noah Charney February 11, 2014
The Conservatives, consciously or unconsciously, used the Irish party.
Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
His florid face paled a little and his bright Irish eyes did not blink.
Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
Why, there is that Irish boy; I wonder if he wouldn’t sell us some fish?
Little Fishers: and their Nets Pansy
This is an Irish picture; but in the north of England it is much the same.
The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
The false display at Dublin was a deception both to the king and to the Irish.
Irish Nationality Alice Stopford Green
of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its people, their Celtic language, or their dialect of English
(informal, offensive) ludicrous or illogical
(functioning as pl) the Irish, the natives or inhabitants of Ireland
another name for Irish Gaelic
c.1200, Irisce, from stem of Old English Iras “inhabitant of Ireland,” from Old Norse irar, ultimately from Old Irish Eriu (accusative Eirinn, Erinn) “Erin,” which is from Old Celtic *Iveriu (accusative *Iverionem, ablative *Iverione), perhaps from PIE *pi-wer- “fertile,” literally “fat,” from root *peie- “to be fat, swell” (see fat (adj.)).
Meaning “temper, passion” is 1834, American English (first attested in writings of Davy Crockett), from the legendary pugnacity of Irish people. Irish-American is from 1832; Irish coffee is from 1950. Wild Irish (late 14c.) originally were those not under English rule; Black Irish in reference to those of Mediterranean appearance is from 1888.
A white person; Gray, ofay: You call all white people Irish? (1990s+ Black street gangs)
get one’s dander up
see: luck of the devil (Irish)
an act or instance of . the state of being . the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease; quarantine. the separation of a nation from other nations by . Psychoanalysis. a process whereby an idea or memory is divested of its emotional component. Sociology, . Contemporary Examples Sarah […]
the policy or doctrine of isolating one’s country from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, foreign economic commitments, international agreements, etc., seeking to devote the entire efforts of one’s country to its own advancement and remain at peace by avoiding foreign entanglements and responsibilities. Contemporary Examples Paul, by talking up […]
a person who favors or works for . of, relating to, or characteristic of isolationists or : to be accused of isolationist sympathies. Contemporary Examples It is isolationist and defensive, paranoid about government, and prone to conspiracy theories about subversive global elites. Why the White Militias Are Back Michelle Goldberg August 12, 2009 Establishment figures […]
a native or inhabitant of modern Israel. of or relating to modern Israel or its inhabitants. Contemporary Examples Clashes broke out after university staff prevented Israeli forces from entering the campus. Israeli Forces Clash with Al-Quds University Students Orly Halpern September 8, 2013 Israeli journalists Ajrami had never met even called to offer the family […]
of or relating to , its people, or their language. a native or inhabitant of , or a person of Italian descent. a Romance language, the language of , official also in Switzerland. Abbreviation: It, It., Ital. Contemporary Examples They offer some of the freshest Italian outside of the boot. The Easygoing Flair of San […]