noun (often lowercase) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

  1. a contemptuous term for a person of Irish birth or descent.


  1. (sometimes not capital) derogatory a slang name for an Irishman or a Roman Catholic
  2. Australian the tails side of a coin

n.derogatory slang for “Irishman,” 1856, from nickname of common Irish name Michael (q.v.).

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