Irish Slang 101

Everything you thought you knew about Irish Slang throw it out the window. 

Hailing from the land of saints scholars and poets, Irish people have a unique way of chatting. This is Irish Slang 101, all the words you might think you know they tend to have a completely different meaning. We have chosen our favourite 20 for you.



Craic is one of the most common Irish slang words meaning fun or just having a bit of craic. It can also be used as a greeting; Any Craic? Meaning whats the story or any news?



 Often used by people from cities a bogger is someone from the countryside.



A nicer way of calling someone an idiot. You bloody plonker.



 You’re so Jammy. Meaning you are very lucky.



Someone who chances their arm. If your granny offers you a biscuit and you ask can you have two, she might call you a chancer.



 Meaning very funny. I often tell myself that I’m gas.



To skive or bunk off. Skipping a class is going on the mitch.



Doesn’t mean what you think it means. It means beautiful or gorgeous, you might say that meal was massive or compliment a friend on their outfit saying they look massive. Disclaimer this is not used all around Ireland, be careful with this one.


Acting the Maggot 

Mostly used towards kids that are messing around you would tell someone to stop acting the maggot.


Get up the Yard 

Meaning I don’t believe you.



Ah you’re coddin me. Means you are joking with me, or ‘I am only coddin with you’



 Anyone from outside of Dublin talking about someone from Dublin. This word becomes even more popular around the end of the GAA season.



Simply means your house.



 We use this to say hello, how are you and only this word. If you bump into someone you would say ‘Well’ and they would reply, sometimes even with the word ‘Well’.



 A completely unnecessary word added at the beginning middle and end of sentences. If someone asks a question and you don’t know the answer your reply could be; ‘ I don’t know like’



 Sound can be used in a few different scenarios. Someone can be ‘sound’, meaning they are a thoughtful or nice person and can also mean thank you.



 A good looking person. ‘Oh did you see him, he’s a ride’.



 Used by most Irish people to let someone know ‘im grand’, meaning that we are okay or fine.



 Means broken and can’t be fixed. My car is banjaxed.



 When someone is very ticked off or angry you would say ‘I’m bullin’. 

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