Want to learn one mad slang word from every county of Ireland? You’ve come to the right place.
The Irish are well known for their slang words. We always have to have a more creative or animated way of saying things.
There are words used all over Ireland, such as “quare”, but there are other words that are more prominently used in specific counties. You might know some of them already but if you want to learn more, then here is one mad slang word from every county of Ireland.
32. Antrim – to drop one
Example: “Aw, the small of that, did you just drop one?”
31. Armagh – gollybeans/gollya
Meaning: One Irish slang word from every county of Ireland includes Armagh’s term for children.
Example: “Have ye any gollybeans yerself?”
30. Carlow – stone-hatched mad
Meaning: Someone who is crazy in a good or bad way.
Example: “Ah, sure, that fella is stone-hatched mad.”
29. Cavan – this weather
Meaning: An expression meaning these days or currently.
Example: “What are ya up to this weather anyway?”
28. Clare – going bovine
Meaning: Lowering your standards when looking for the shift.
Example: “I’ll be going bovine if I can’t get the shift soon.”
27. Cork – langer
Meaning: Someone who is annoying to be around.
Example: “Ah, he’s some langer boy.”
26. Derry – wean
Meaning: The Derry addition to one mad slang word from every county of Ireland means child.
Example: “Is that your wean, is it?”
25. Donegal – full tilt
Meaning: In Donegal, full tilt means working at full potential/capacity.
Example: “Jesus, the lads were operating at full tilt last night.”
24. Down – burnt
Meaning: To be embarrassed by someone or something.
Example: “She should be fairly burnt after her carry on last night.”
23. Dublin – dope
Meaning: An insult generally used to call someone stupid.
Example: “G’way you, ya dope, will ye.”
22. Fermanagh – hallion
Meaning: A cheeky young person, similar to ‘pup’ is Fermanagh’s addition to one mad slang word from every county of Ireland.
Example: “Ah feck off away from that ya hallion.”
21. Galway – septic
Meaning: Means something is bad or not pleasant.
Example: “Aw lad the smell coming from that bathroom is septic.”
20. Kerry – yerra
Meaning: Usually the start of a sarcastic sentence.
Example: “Yerra go on away out of that you.”
19. Kildare – deece
Meaning: A shorter form of decent used to refer to just about anything no matter how good or bad.
Example: “Deece craic in Tigers last night.”
18. Kilkenny – gombeen
Meaning: A fool or an eejit.
Example: “Ah, don’t listen to that fella he’s only a gombeen.”
17. Laois – maulers
Meaning: A description of someone with big hands is Laois’ addition to one mad slang word from every county of Ireland.
Example: “Jesus, that lads some pair of maulers on him.”
16. Leitrim – panelled
Meaning: Someone who is very drunk.
Example: “Aw lad, I was fierce panelled last night.”
15. Limerick – baltic
Meaning: It is very cold.
Example: “Jesus, it’s baltic out there today, boy.”
14. Longford – cat malogen
Meaning: Something that is very bad.
Example: “Jesus, the weather out there today is cat malogen!”
13. Louth – a rake
Meaning: A large amount.
Example: “Jaysus, there was a rake of lads in the pub last night.”
12. Mayo – gossers
Example: “Well, lad, long time no see. How’s the gossers?”
11. Meath – gersha
Meaning: A girl.
Example: “Is that your new gersha, it is?”
10. Monaghan – flutered
Meaning: A term for someone who is very drunk.
Example: “Aw lads, I was absolutely flutered last night.”
9. Offaly – emptyhead
Meaning: An eejit or someone a bit stupid is the meaning of Offaly’s addition to one mad slang word from every county of Ireland.
Example: “Don’t even talk to me, ya big emptyhead ya.”
8. Roscommon – bad way
Meaning: If you are in a bad way, you are either generally not well or in a bad situation.
Example: “I was in a bad way on Monday after being out the whole weekend.”
7. Sligo – goon
Meaning: Goon is the word used in Sligo to represent someone a bit stupid.
Example: “Sure, that lad’s only a goon anyway.”
6. Tipperary – manky
Meaning: Something that is very dirty or disgusting.
Example: “Aw lad, get that away from me, that is manky.”
5. Tyrone – stoven
Meaning: To be stoven is to be severely intoxicated.
Example: “Tell me this. I heard you were stoven in the local on Friday night.”
4. Waterford – lack
Meaning: Referring to your girlfriend or partner.
Example: “I heard that you have a new lack from Ferrybank there.”
3. Westmeath – the gawks
Meaning: To get sick or to vomit.
Example: “I heard John got the gawks after the night club in town last night.”
2. Wexford – taken
Meaning: A term in Wexford used to express embarrassment.
Example: “Lad, I was taken last night after I got kicked out of the night club in Enniscorthy.”
1. Wicklow – curtains
Meaning: When something is finished or comes to an end.
Example: “The match last night was curtains after the others went nine points ahead in the last ten minutes.”