Close

Follow Lovin Dublin

15 Ways Of Saying 'Idiot' In Ireland, Ranked In Order Of Stupidity

By seank

September 30, 2018 at 3:07pm

Share:

Ireland is full of colourful terminology of our own making.

We've so many words for idiot across our little island that you mightn't recognise them all, or even know just how insulting each word may be.

To help Irish people better understand our own slang, and to educate anyone from abroad in need of an Irish dictionary, we've compiled all the words to call some stupid that we could think of and ranked them in order of their offensiveness.

We surely missed a few, so if you've any to add to our little list let us know in the comments.

15. Dope

Most often used as a term of endearment, we like to remind our nearest and dearest of their lack of intelligence.

Dougal Main Body

14. Ape

Used when you want to imply someone has the intellectual capacity of an animal, but apes are pretty clever for animals so you can't be that offended.

13. Ludder

Popularised by RTÉ's Killinaskully, set in a fictional Tipperary village, this is apparently the typical insult for good-natured rural bar-flies.

Killinaskully

12. Eejit

Much like dope, this is often used as a term of endearment, though it can be made serious adding 'feck' to the sentence.

Example: "Feck off, ya big feckin' eejit!" Bonus points for elongating that "eeeee" sound.

11. Flute

Usually used in disbelief, when someone demonstrates such a lack of wit that you momentarily believe they might actually be a hollow musical instrument.

10. Spanner

A variation of the international insult 'tool', which compares a person to a blunt object. In this case, you're really just being more specific about the blunt object.

9. Cabbage

May seem like a soft insult, but do you like being compared to leafy vegetables? Didn't feckin' think so.

8. Gombeen

It's all fun and games until someone drops a G-bomb.

7. Amadán

Usually used as a insult by teachers, so they can act like they're being educational (speaking as Gaeilge and all) while expressing slightly veiled hatred for their students.

Teacher

"I loathe every last one of you"

6. Head-the-ball

This is reserved for the brutish types that are wont to fly off the handle. Probably shouldn't actually use it to their face.

5. Donkey

Again comparing someone to an animal; this is worse than an ape, however, as a donkey is a complete ass.

4. Muppet

Because calling someone a 'dummy' as an adult sounds too lame.

3. Plank

Implying someone's has a thick head, more skull than brain.

2. Thick

Actually straight up telling someone they have a thick head.

Tick

1. Gobshite

When you wanna eject real venom at someone without actually cursing by letting them know that their mouth is metaphorically overflowing with faeces.

READ NEXT: 11 Times Irish Telly Was Accidentally Feckin' Hilarious

Share:

Join the Lovin Dublin Newsletter

* indicates required

Interests

Marketing Permissions

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lovin Media Group:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.