Irish vs British - What's the difference?

irish | british |


As adjectives the difference between irish and british

is that irish is pertaining to or originating from ireland or the irish people while british is typically british.

As a proper noun irish

is the goidelic language indigenous to ireland, also known as irish gaelic.

As a noun irish

is (as plural) the irish people.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

irish

English

(wikipedia Irish)

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • The Goidelic language indigenous to Ireland, also known as Irish Gaelic.
  • Irish is the first official and national language of Ireland
  • (surname)
  • Derived terms

    * Ulster Irish * Munster Irish * Connacht Irish

    Noun

    (-)
  • (as plural) The Irish people.
  • (obsolete) A board game of the tables family.
  • (US) Temper; anger, passion.
  • * 1834 , (David Crockett), A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett , Nebraska (1987), page 65:
  • But her Irish was up too high to do any thing with her, and so I quit trying.
  • * 1947 , Hy Heath, John Lange, (Clancy Lowered the Boom) :
  • Whenever he got his Irish up, Clancy lowered the boom.
  • *
  • whiskey, or whisky, elaborated in Ireland.
  • * 1889 , , (Three Men In A Boat) :
  • Harris said he'd had enough oratory for one night, and proposed that we should go out and have a smile, saying that he had found a place, round by the square, where you could really get a drop of Irish worth drinking.

    Usage notes

    * Use Irishman or Irishwoman for one singular person.

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to or originating from Ireland or the Irish people.
  • Sheep are typical in the Irish landscape.
  • Pertaining to the Irish language.
  • (derogatory) nonsensical, daft or complex.
  • "A number of derogatory nicknames began to emerge, including "Irish confetti" for thrown bricks, and "Irish kiss" for a slap" (Wisegeek.com)

    Derived terms

    * Irish coffee * Irish cream * Irishly * Irish slam * Irish joke

    See also

    * Erse * Gaelic * (ga) * Language list

    Anagrams

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    british

    English

    Alternative forms

    * Brittish (archaic)

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • With the , the citizens or inhabitants of Britain collectively.
  • With the , the citizens or inhabitants of the United Kingdom collectively.
  • (history) The ancient inhabitants of the southern part of Britain before the Anglo-Saxon invasion, also called ancient Britons.
  • The Celtic language of the ancient Britons
  • The British English language.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of Britain (meaning the British Isles)
  • Of the United Kingdom.
  • Of the Commonwealth of Nations, or the British Empire.
  • (historical) Of the ancient inhabitants of the southern part of Britain; Brythonic.
  • Of British English.
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