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definition of the word Irish

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Middle English Irisce (12th c.), from Old English Īras (Irishmen), from Old Norse írar, from Old Irish Ériu (mod. Éire (Ireland)), from Proto-Celtic *Īwerjū 'fat land, fertile'; akin to Ancient Greek  (píeira), fertile land), Sanskrit  (pívarī), fat)'.

Singular
Irish

Plural
-

Irish

  1. The Goidelic language indigenous to Ireland, also known as Irish Gaelic.
    Irish is the first official and national language of Ireland

Singular
Irish

Plural
uncountable

Irish (uncountable)

  1. (as plural) The Irish people.
  2. (obsolete) A board game of the tables family.
  3. (US) Temper; anger, passion.
    • 1834, David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, Nebraska 1987, p. 65:
      But her Irish was up too high to do any thing with her, and so I quit trying.
    • 1947, Hy Heath, John Lange, Clancy Lowered the Boom
      Whenever he got his Irish up, Clancy lowered the boom.
    • 1997, Andrew W. Greeley, Irish Lace, page 296:
      The Priest is as fierce a fighter as I am when he gets his Irish up.
  4. whiskey, or whisky, elaborated in Ireland.
    • 1889, [[w:Jerome K. Jerome|Jerome K. Jerome}}, Three Men In A Boat
      Harris said he'd had enough oratory for one night, and proposed that we should go out and have a smile, saying that he had found a place, round by the square, where you could really get a drop of Irish worth drinking.

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Irish (comparative more Irish, superlative most Irish)

Positive
Irish

Comparative
more Irish

Superlative
most Irish

  1. Pertaining to or originating from Ireland or the Irish people.
    Sheep are typical in the Irish landscape.
  2. Pertaining to the Irish language.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (informal, derogatory, dated) Nonsensical, illogical.

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