Lairy vs Lairs - What's the difference?

lairy | lairs |

As an adjective lairy

is (uk) touchy, aggressive or confrontational, usually while drunk or lairy can be (australia) vulgar and flashy.

As a noun lairs is


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Etymology 1


  • (UK) Touchy, aggressive or confrontational, usually while drunk.
  • Don't get lairy with me!
  • * 2001 . "rush to order". Simon Stuart, Glasgow Sunday Herald , 14 October.
  • *:"There's always been a weird duality at the heart of New Order: the fact that three druggy, lairy Mancs and the drummer's girlfriend can craft music of such awesome emotive power as to make grown neds weep."
  • * 2002 . “ ‘We wouldn?t dream of making you feel fat’”. Glasgow Herald , 27 July.
  • *:"Unskinny was a self-published riot of large lasses getting lairy in northern towns, and did a reasonable trade via friends and comic shops."
  • * 2002 . " Live With Chris Moyles". Gareth McLean, The Guardian , September 24.
  • *:"The show is lairy , loud and laddish; it does exactly what it says on the tin."
  • * 2005 . , Alexander Masters.
  • *:"I started to get a bit lairy , agitated on drink."
  • * 2005 . "Women do make the worst drunks. Maybe it's the sick'n'sequin mix...". , The Independent on Sunday , 20 November.
  • *:"Obviously, I'm not beginning to suggest women commit as much violent crime as men when plastered. But I do now concede that being aggressive, ignorant, lairy and foul-mouthed suits the ladies even less than it suits the fellas."
  • Etymology 2

    Thought to be from . Australian National Dictionary Centre » Australian words » Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms » L


  • (Australia) Vulgar and flashy.
  • * 1983 , National Book Council (Australia), Australian Book Review , Issues 48-57, page 29,
  • He was lairy alright, resplendent in a purple blazer and pink trousers.
  • * 2008 , Helen Garner, True Stories , page 255,
  • They had no wedding party, only an Australian couple in their sixties, the woman in a great deal of pancake and blusher and a lairy fur jacket.
  • * 2009 , Sally Neighbour, The Mother of Mohammed: An Australian Woman?s Extraordinary Journey Into Jihad , page 176,
  • Sungkar told Rabiah he thought of her as he rode to freedom on his motor scooter through the green wrought-iron gates, disguised in a pair of blue jeans and a lairy short-sleeved batik shirt: ‘Rabiah reckoned the safari suit was bad—if only she could see me now’.
  • (Australia) Socially unacceptable.
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