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Irish Slang Words And Phrases Often Found In Songs And What They Mean. a lot of these words are in the R.T.E. programme ''Love Hate'' which is now shown in America. I use a sentence to give you the gist of where the slang would be used to help you better understand it's meaning.

Slang Word
Meaning
Example
Auld
Old Person / Thing
Dublin In The Rare Auld Times
Gargle
Alcohol/Beer
He's On The Gargle Again
Cocky Farmer
Small Farmer
For Nearly 60 Years I've Been A Cocky
Delirium tremens
Major Hangover
 
Useta
Used To
I Useta Love Her Once
benjy
Bad Smell
Get Up The Yard There's A Smell Of Benjy Off Ye
ballin
Crying
The Little Child Was Ballin Hes Eyes Out
tight
Mean
As Tight As A Duck's Arse
quare
Strange
He's A Quare Fella Alright
Nipper
Child
That Nipper Is Too Young To Drink
Moth
Girlfriend
Says I To The Mot Get Your Hand Off Me Knee
Deadly
Great
Where Did Ye Get Them Deadly Strides Your Wearnig
knackered
Tired
Paddy Was Knackered After Digging Muck All Day
Gobshite
Idiot
That Gobshite Doesn't Know His Arse From His Elbow
Tay
Tea
More Tay There Miss Hickey
Topper
Good Child
He's A Little Topper
Skint
Without Money
He's Skint, that's Why He Won't Get The Drink In
Jacks
Toilet
She's In The Jacks Having A Wee Wee
Jackeen
A Dubliner
Them Jackeens Think They Know Everthing
Gawk
Staring
What's That Fella Gawking At ?
Step it out
To Dance
Step It Out Mary My Fine Daughter
Bog
Toilet
He's In The Bog Having A Slash
Gas
Funny
We Had Great Gas At The Circus.
Poled
Pregnant
She's Poled Again And She Only Dropped Last Month
Sound
Reliable Person
As Sound As A Pound
Slapper
Woman Without Morals.
Sure That Slapper Would Get Up On The Craic Of Dawn
Slag
Make Fun Of.
He's No Sense Of Humour And Can't Take A Slagging
Shag
Make Love To.
Any Chance Of A Shag Young One
Scratcher
Bed
He Spends His Whole Day In The Scratcher
Plastered
Very Drunk
I Spent All Me Dole And Got Plastered
Nixer
Working In Black Economy
The Tax Man Caught Him Doing A Nixer
Manky
Dirty
His Clothes Are Manky Dirty From Working.
Langered
Very Drunk
That Fella Is Langered Every Night Of The Week
Kip

Not Nice Place

I'm Not Going Back To That Kip Again
Jar
Beer.
Are You Going For A Jar Horse
Craic
Fun/Good Time
The Craic Was 90 In The Isle Of Man
Hooley
Drinking And Singing
There's A Hooley In Mick's Gaff Tonight
Porter
Stout / Guinness
He'd Drink Porter Out Of A Wellington Boot
Culchie
Person From Outside Town.
Them Culchies Are Taking All The Work
Bowsie
An Unpleasant Man
That Fella Has Being A Bowsie All His Life
Black Stuff
Stout
Two Pints Of The Black Stuff There Barman
Banjaxed
Broken
Me Car Is Banjaxed Beyond Repair
Away With The Fairies
Mad /Insane
He's Away With The Fairies Since The Wife Left Him
Nip
Naked
As Kids We Went Swimming In The Nip In The River Tolka
Monto
Area Of Dublin
Take Me Up To Monto
Amadán
Fool
[Danny Farrell Song] They Called Him Amadán And Fool
Bogtrotter
From Rural Ireland
The Bogtrotter Came To Dublin To Find Work
Boyo
Young delinquent male
That Boyo Would Rob Ye As Quick As He'd Look At Ye
Gurrier
Hooligan / Bad Boy
[Danny Farrell Song] ''What You'd Call A Gurrier''
Horse It Into Ye
Eat Food Fast
Horse It Into You Cynthia Your The Girl For Me
Oirish
No Translation
Strange language used by American to portray Irish people -Example- Top Of The Morning To Ye
The Mero
A Cinema In Dublin
Auld Bang Bang Went Up To The Mero
Sucking Diesel
Doing Things The Right Way
Now You're Sucking Diesel Boss
Lullaby
A Soothing Song
Me mother used to sing An Irish Lullaby
Up The Pole
Pregnant
That Slapper Is Up The Pole Again
Hames
Make A Mess Of
The Barber Made A Hames Of Me Hair
On The Brew
On The Dole - Unemployed
He Was Signing On The Brew
Dashing Blade
Handsome Man.
The Dashing Young Balade Was Chatting Up The Girls.
Shank's Mare/Pony
Walking
We'll Use Shank's Mare To Get Home
Subbies
Sub Contractors
The Subbies Work For The Main Contractor
Off Your Head
Not Thinking Straight / insane
Are ye off your head giving that drunk money ?
Are Ye Carrying ?
1st meaning, Have You Money With You ?
2nd meaning, Have You A Gun With You ?
Are you carrying or are you just pleased to see me ?
Cute Hoor
A clever / cunning person

He's a cute hoor, just like the Cavan men.

On The Brew
On The Dole
Singing On
On The Scratcher
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In Receipt Of Unemployment Payments.

That scrounger's been on the scratcher all his life .

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Gash

Rubbish / Trash

Let's throw the trash overboard. Gash is a word used on ships for rubbish that gets thrown into the sea.

Ranching

Chasing women

Let's go ranching. A term used on board ships for chatting-up women by the crew.

Airts 

Scottish for directions

 

baith

Scottish for both / 2 of us

 

bogle

Scottish for scarecrow / ghost

 

guidman

husband

 

kirk

Scottish for Church

 

Pokes

Scottish for paper bags

 

pibrock

Scottish bagpipe music

 

rappee

Snuff

 

gear

Scottish and Irish slang for possessions

 

simmer

Scottish for Summer

 

   
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