Irish Slang: Top 80 most used expressions


Arriving in Ireland, you may be forgiven for thinking you have been hoodwinked, cajoled, led up the garden path or just plain misinformed as to the language widely spoken here. Since before time us Irish have managed to invent our very own Slang words and phrases to unleash on all unfamiliar with the lingo! Here, I have highlighted the most commonly heard words, their meanings and provided examples of how they are used in everyday speech. Have fun, you will be talking like a seasoned pro in no time!

Credit to suziehq for the list

Acting the MaggotFooling and messing aroundStop acting the maggot
Bad doseSevere illnessYou got a bad dose of it, didn’t you
Bags (To make a bags of something)Make a mess of doing somethingHe made a right bags of that
Bang onRight, Accurate, CorrectYou are bang on
BanjaxedBrokenThe chair is banjaxed
Black StuffGuinnessA pint of the black stuff please
BoyoMale, JuvenileCome on you boyo!
BrutalAwful, DreadfulIt was a brutal tackle
Bucketing downRaining hardIt is bucketing down
Bunk OffSkip (school, work)I know you bunked off today
ChancerSomeone who takes a riskHe is a real chancer
ChiselerYoung child (Dublin slang)He was a chiseler at the time
CiotógLeft-HandedI am a Ciotog and proud
Cod/Codding yaTo pull someone’s legI am only codding ya!
CraicFun, Gossip, Going on’sWhat’s / Where’s the craic?
Crack onContinue on, Get goingI must crack on, lots to do
CulchiePerson from rural / agricultural areaShe is a culchie originally
Cute hoorPerson who quietly engineers things to their own advantageHe is a real cute hoor
Delira and ExciraDelighted and Excited (Dublin slang)Are you delira and excira about it?
DeadlyBrilliant, Fantastic, GreatThat was a deadly film
Donkey’s yearsFor a very very long timeThey have lived there donkey’s years
DosserSomeone not working or is messing about, up to no goodThey are a couple of dosser’s
Eat the head offTo give out to someoneDon’t eat the head off me
EejitComplete fool, doing something sillyYou are such an eejit
EarwigingListening in on a private conversationYou were earwiging again, Yes?
Effin’ and Blindin’Swearing and CursingHe was effin’ and blindin’ non stop
Eff offPolite swear word (for the F word)Ah just eff off will ya
Fair play!Well done!Fair play mate!
Feck OffGo away (polite version), used to show surprise or shockFeck off . . . . don’t be bothering me
FellaUsed for your guy, as in ‘Me Fella’ partner/husband/boyfriendIs your fella going to be there?
FierceVery Good, Great, ExcellentIt was a fierce performance
Fine thingGood looking man or womanThat guy is a fine thing
FloozieWoman of dubious moral attributesThe place is full of floozie’s
FlutheredVery DrunkI was absolutely fluthered last night
GaffHome, to have a ‘ free gaff ‘ means you are home aloneI will pop over to your gaff later
GammyCrooked, or odd lookingHe had a gammy leg
GanderQuick glanceTake a quick gander in here first
GasFunny or AmusingHe is a gas man
GawkTo stare rudelyStop gawking
Get Outta That GardenFun phrase used in a conversation to get a laugh, reactionwud ya get outta that garden!!!
GrandAlot of Uses, most popular are: reply to How are you, How are you feeling, Being told of a decisionWe will meet you there – ” Grand “; Dinner will be 10 minutes – ” Grand “
Hames/HaymesComplete messI made a complete haymes of that work
Holy JoeSelf Righteous personShe is a bit of a holy joe actually
Holy showdisgraceful sceneShe made a holy show of herself
How’s she cuttin’?Hi,How are you, What’s news?How’s she cuttin’?
HowyaHi, HelloHowya doin’?
JackeenA rural person’s name for a DublinerYou are a jackeen . . . .my sympathies!
JacksToiletI’m off to the jacks
Jo MaxiTaxi, CabWe can get a jo maxi in later
KipA dump of a place and also a sleepI had a quick kip before dinner; It was a real kip of a hotel
KnackeredExhausted, TiredI was completely knackered
LangersDrunkShe was totaly langers last Friday
Lash3 meanings – To rain hard, To make an attempt at something or To go out drinkingIt was lashing out of the heavens, Give it a lash or Let’s go on the lash Saturday
Leg itRun away quicklyCome on, we need to leg it now!
LockedVery drunkHe was totally locked at closing time
MankyDirty, Flithy, DisgustingMy hair feels manky, it needs a wash
MoranFoolHe looks a right moran
MortifiedHighly EmbarrassedI was mortified when i realised my mistake
MotGirlfriend (Dublin slang)Where’s your mot tonight?
MurderVery Difficult or to really want to do somethingFinding a taxi was murder, I could murder a Guinness
NixerJob done for cash to avoid taxHe can do it as a nixer for you
Not the full shillingNot fully saneI don’t think he is the full shilling
On the tearGoing drinkingWe were on the tear last night
OssifiedDrunkW got ossified
Oul FellaYour Father, Dad (Dublin slang)My oul fella is out at the moment
Oul Dear / Oul WanYour Mother, MomMy oul dear is out shopping
PicturesMovies, FilmWe went to the pictures a week ago
Puss (To have a puss on you)Sulky faceTake that puss off your face
Rugger BuggerSomeone posh, loud and loves RugbyHe is a rugger bugger for sure
SavageGreat, BrilliantIt was a savage contest till the end
ScarletVery embarrassedI was scarlet
ShatteredExhaustedAfter driving, I was shattered
Slagnb: Use a verb to mean make fun of someone in a nice way oe else it has the same meaning as elsewhere ie – common prostituteHe was only slagging you, don’t worry
SorryMeans Sorry and also Excuse me, Pardon meSorry, can I get in there please
Story? (What’s the)Hi, What’s happeningWhat’s the story Rory?
Suckin’ diesel (Now you’re)Now your talking, Now your doing wellNow you are suckin diesel my friend!
The PaleAnywhere in the region of DublinI am living just outside The Pale
ThickExtremely stupidHe is as thick as a plank
Throw shapesShow off, sometimes agressivelyThey were all throwing shapes in the pub
TrinnersTrinity College DublinDid you go to Trinners to do your degree?