17 Irish Culchie Words Explained In Plain (Dublin) English

Time to know your buck from your gat

Dublin English

So, as much as some would like to believe, there is a lot more to the Emerald Isle than just Dublin. Loads more, actually. And this large percentage of the population have something of their own language. 

And sometimes even they need a little help translating...

Here is a selection of some of the quare best. Enjoy.

1. Dregs

The ends of something – and not necessarily in a bad way, like it would be used in Dublin.

Giz the dregs of your smoke will ya?


2. Beour

Either an attractive looking female, or a dowdy aul wan who smells of talc. Differentiated in context.

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3. Feen

A hardy buck with a ridiculous walk, similar to that of John Wayne.

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4. Quare


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5. Banjaxed 

Broken beyond repair.

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6. Bate

Same as the English 'to beat', but used when you really want to pulverise someone.

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7. Divilment

The general term for fun, rowdiness and excitement.

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8. Manky

Another that's made its way into Dub parlance, and used to describe someone or something totally disgusting.


9. Buck

A young adult male.

''He's some buck for one buck''

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10. Jacks

Yet ANOTHER nicked by the Dubs, meaning the lavatory.

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11. Arseways

To go about something in the totally incorrect way. 

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12. Press

The Irish word for cupboard. Not to be confused with hot press, whatever the temperature.

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13. Mineral

Fizzy pop to the Brits and soda to the Yanks. Fizzy drinks to everyone else.

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14. Gat


No, we don't know why either. 

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15. Polluted

A word for when you're completely and totally ruined from overconsumption of alcohol.

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16. Dose

A cold, flu or ailment that is taking the population by storm. Often exclaimed that it's ''going round''.

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17. And finally – bockety

Something a bit messed up, but may survive. A step before banjaxed.

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