15 Funny Irish Slang Words That Americans Immediately Need To Adopt

Why aren't we all talking like this?

1. "Craic" (pronounced crack)

What it means: a good time/fun

How to use it in a sentence: "Sean was looking for a bit of craic."

4. "On the lash."

What it means: to go out drinking

How to use it in a sentence:  "Sean is out on the lash with the lads tonight."




7. "What a ride.”

What it means: super sexy

How to use it in a sentence: "Sean met a girl named Colleen who he thinks is a total ride." 



10. "Snog"

What it means: kiss

How to use it in a sentence: "Sean and Colleen spent hours snogging in the pub."


13. "Jammers"

What it means: packed full

How to use it in a sentence: "Sean got Colleen into an exclusive nightclub that was jammers."


16. "The jacks.”

What it means: toilet/restroom

How to use it in a sentence: "When Sean came out of the jacks, he saw his mate chatting up Colleen."



19. "Chancer"

What it means: dodgy character who will do anything to get what they want 

How to use it in a sentence: "Sean thought his friend was being a chancer by trying to move in on his date."


22. "Take the piss."

What it means: to make fun of, tease or take advantage of 

How to use it in a sentence: "Sean realized his mate was taking the piss when the guy offered to buy Colleen a drink."


25. "Dry shite."

What it means: boring

How to use it in a sentence: "Sean showed his annoyance by telling his friend that Colleen would only ever see him as the dry shite he is."

28. "Gas"

What it means: fun/funny

How to use it in a sentence: "The lads thought Sean's remark was gas, but Colleen was unimpressed with his rudeness."


31. "Acting the maggot"

What it means: being a jerk

How to use it in a sentence: "Colleen told Sean to stop acting the maggot and take her home."




34. "Langered"

What it means: drunk

How to use it in a sentence: "Sean was too langered to drive so he sent his date home in cab."


37. "Muppet"

What it means: fool

How to use it in a sentence: "Sean realized he had been an awful muppet for being jealous."


40. "Knackered"

What it means: exhausted

How to use it in a sentence: "Even though he was knackered the next day, Sean managed to bring flowers to Colleen as an apology."

43. "Glad eye"

What it means: a crush or in love

How to use it in a sentence: "When Sean arrived at Colleen's apartment he discovered her and his mate giving each other the glad eye."

Try using some of these Irish slang terms with your friends. It's great craic.

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