10 Words That Originate From The Irish Language

Updated: May 4

  1. Slew

The word ‘slew’ describes a large quantity of things, such as ‘a slew of people’. This comes from the Irish word ‘slua’ which means a crowd or a multitude.




2. Dig

“Do you dig it?”. The slang word ‘dig’ originates from the Irish word ‘tuig’, which means understand. E.g. “You dig?” (An dtuigeann tú?).




3. Brogue

Brogue is a style of shoe and it derives from the Irish word for shoe, which is ‘bróg’.




4. Galore

We know that galore means plenty or an abundance, but did you know it originates from the Irish word ‘go leor’ meaning ‘a lot’?.




5. Smithereens

Smithereens is derived from the Irish word ‘smidiríní’, which means ‘little fragments’.




6. Gob

Another slang word meaning mouth. This originates from the Irish word ‘gob’ meaning ‘beak’!




7. Slob

Slob is the perfect word to describe someone who is messy, lazy or dirty. This comes from the Irish word ‘slab’ meaning ‘mud’.




8. Phony

Phony derives from the Irish word ‘fáinne’ meaning ‘ring’. In the 19th century, there were people called ‘fawney men’ who scammed people into buying brass rings.




9. Darn

The word ‘darn’ comes from ‘Daithairne ort!’, which is the Irish phrase for ‘misfortune on you!’.




10. Hooligan

This word is used to describe a violent troublemaker. It originates from the Irish surname Hoolihan. In the 1890s, Irishman Patrick Hoolihan and his family ran riot in London to such an extent that their name was used to describe disruptive and thuggish behaviour.





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