50 of the best... #greatIrishwords 7 years ago

50 of the best... #greatIrishwords

Our interest was piqued this week when #greatIrishwords started trending on Twitter. So we whittled the list down to our favourite fab 50. With added definitions.


Arsebiscuits, noun Often used as an exclamation to express vehement disagreement

Banjaxed, 1. adjective Broken, bollixed 2. adjective Extremely tired, knackered

Bejaysus, exclamation Signifying shock or surprise

Blaggard, noun A good-for-nothing person, usually male

Bowsie, noun Thuggish, gurrier-like person, usually male.

Caniption, noun (Often followed by “fit”) Sudden violent and emotional outburst, often hilarious to others

Catmalogen, adjective (pron. "Cat-mal-oh-jin") Exceedingly awful or terrible

Creel, verb (usually intransitive) To be badly but not life-threateningly injured, often on a GAA field

Dander, noun Anger, temper. Usually affecting males. Most prevalent on GAA fields, often prompting a Shemozzle.

Deadly, adjective Great, excellent, fantastic. Often followed by “buzz”

Dipshit, noun Fool, idiot

Floozie, 1. noun A sexually promiscuous woman, often elderly. 2. proper noun Floozie In The Jacuzzi, famous statue on O’Connell Street, Dublin

Flute, noun Male genitalia

Footer, verb (pron. “Foo-tur”) To tinker about with something without any purpose or expertise

Gargle, noun Beverage, alcoholic

Gas, adjective Funny, entertaining

Gobshite, noun Fool, idiot; generally a good-natured, pleasant idiot. But still an idiot

Goo, noun A look (Example: “Give me a goo of that”, pron. “Gimme a goo a tha”)

Gooter, noun Female genitalia; usually expressed by males, signifying lack of fondness for same

Gowl, noun Female genitalia; usually expressed by males, signifying lack of fondness for same

Hames, noun An almighty mess, usually brought about by a series of misjudgements over a sustained period of time

Header, noun A crazed or unstable person, often male, invariably not committed to a mental institute

Hoor, noun (Often preceded by “cute”) Person who displays cleverness and cunning to engage in illegality, usually of a financial nature. Primarily male, almost exclusively from the Cork/Kerry area

Jammy, adjective Exceptionally fortunate. Invariably followed by “bastard”

Jip, noun Backchat, verbal abuse. Often prompting a Lamp

Jigact, verb To fool around, to engage in horseplay

Knackered, adjective Extreme state of fatigue

Lamp, verb To assault, using either fists or any of a number of blunt instruments (Example: “He lamped the aul wan up the road with a lump of Wavin pipe”)

Langer, 1. noun Male genitalia 2. noun Person, usually male, from the Cork area

Langered, adjective Advanced state of intoxication (See also: Locked, Ossified, Plastered, Scuttered, Stocious)

Locked, adjective Advanced state of intoxication (See also: Langered, Ossified, Plastered, Scuttered, Stocious)

Manky, adjective Soiled, smelly, rancid

Muppet, noun Fool, idiot

Nippy, adjective Relating to weather, denoting cold, usually dry. Can apply to all temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius

Ossified, adjective Advanced state of intoxication (See also: Locked, Langered, Plastered, Scuttered, Stocious)

Plastered, adjective Advanced state of intoxication (See also: Locked, Langered, Ossified, Scuttered, Stocious)

Quare, adjective Strange, odd. (Derived from Queer; means something completely different than Queer)

Ride, 1. noun An attractive member of the opposite sex, 2. verb Sexual intercourse, not necessarily with an attractive member of the opposite sex

Scarlet, adjective (pron. "Scar-leh") Extremely embarrassed, mortified

Scoop, noun Beverage, alcoholic (usually plural)

Scratcher, noun Bed

Scuttered, adjective Advanced state of intoxication (See also: Locked, Langered, Ossified, Plastered, Stocious)

Shemozzle, noun A brawl involving several people, usually in the goalmouth or dugout area of a GAA field

Shift, verb Kiss, generally in a night-club. Always with use of tongue

Shitehawk, noun Fool, idiot. Unlike Gobshite, a shitehawk is generally extremely annoying

Shnakey, adjective Cunning, sly (Example: “We’ll stop off in Briody’s for a few shnakey scoops”)

Slapper, noun A sexually promiscuous woman

Spondoolix, noun (pron. “Spon-doo-licks”) Money, cash

Steaming, adjective State of intoxication

Stocious, adjective Advanced state of intoxication (See also: Locked, Langered, Ossified, Plastered, Scuttered)