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Irish

[ahy-rish] /ˈaɪ rɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its inhabitants, or their language.
noun
2.
the inhabitants of Ireland and their descendants elsewhere.
3.
the aboriginal Celtic-speaking people of Ireland.
4.
Also called Irish Gaelic. the Celtic language of Ireland in its historical or modern form.
Abbreviation: Ir, Ir.
Idioms
7.
get one's Irish up, Informal. to become angry or outraged:
Don't go getting your Irish up over a little matter like that.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English Yrisse, Iris(c)h; compare Old English Īras people of Ireland (cognate with Old Norse Īrar); see -ish1
Related forms
Irishly, adverb
anti-Irish, adjective, noun
half-Irish, adjective
non-Irish, adjective, noun
pre-Irish, adjective
pro-Irish, adjective
pseudo-Irish, adjective
Usage note
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British Dictionary definitions for get one's irish up

Irish

/ˈaɪrɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its people, their Celtic language, or their dialect of English
2.
(informal, offensive) ludicrous or illogical
noun
3.
(functioning as pl) the Irish, the natives or inhabitants of Ireland
4.
another name for Irish Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for get one's irish up

Irish

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for get one's irish up

get one's dander up

verb phrase
  1. To cause anger; infuriate; PISS someone OFF: That law gets my dander up
  2. To become angry; BLOW one's TOP: They got their dander up and decided to fight the case in court

[dander 1831+; Irish 1834+; origin of dander form unknown; the form rise my dandee up is found in a nautical context in 1839 and is probably related]


get one's Irish up

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Irish

noun

A white person; Gray, ofay: You call all white people Irish? (1990s+ Black street gangs)

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