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B

Word / Phrase

use

Meaning

Babby

n.

Small child, baby

Babby Power

n.

Small bottle of Powers Irish Whiskey

Back

adj.

West

Backdoor trot

n.

Diarrhoea

Bad dose n Tough illness
Bag of shite adj. / n. Something not at all good

Bags, make a

n.

Mess; do something incompetently or inadequately [see hames]

Balls / ballsed

n. & adj.

[1] Testicles [2] Mess, mistake, disaster

Balls of malt

n.

Whiskey

Bamboozle

vb.

Deceive, outwit

Banantee

n.

Housewife

Banger n Old non-vintage car

Banjax

vb.

Ruin, injure, smash, destroy

Banjaxed

adj.

Broken, ruined; can also mean tired.  "Bollocks! The car is banjaxed."

Banshee

n.

Any female figure of menace

Banter

vb.

Discuss, rebuke, admonish, challenge

Bap

n.

Small bread roll

Barmbrack

n.

Rich fruit loaf, frequently abbreviated to 'brack'

Barney

n. & vb.

Mind, head as in don't bother your barney. Also, vb. chat

Barrel

vb.

Move / travel rapidly with purpose

Baths n Public swimming pool

Batter

adj. phr.

Serious drinking , as in 'on the batter'

Bawneen

n.

Traditional woollen pullover, frequently off-white

Baz n Pubic hair
Bazzer n Tight haircut

Be / by the hokey

expletiv

Mild oath of surprise

Be the holies

expletiv

Mild oath of surprise

Bean flicker n Lesbian

Bean-Gárda

n.

Police woman

Bean-jacks

n.

Female toilet / convenience

Beat Banagher

phr.

Exceed the norm

Beat the lard out of s.o.

vb. phr.

Chastise severely, assault

Bedad

expletiv

Euphemism for "by God" rarely used by Dubliners

Beemer

n.

Fast German car

Beer coat n. The invisible but warm coat worn when walking home after a booze cruise at 3 in the morning.
Beer compass n. The invisible device that ensures your safe arrival home after a booze cruise, even though you're too pissed to remember where you live, how you get there, and where you've come from.

Begob

expletiv

Euphemism for "by God" rarely used by Dubliners

Begor / begorra

expletiv

Euphemism for "by God" rarely used by Dubliners

Begrudger

n.

s.o. who consistently and jealously belittles the achievements of others

Begrudgery

abst. n.

Envy

Bejapers

expletiv

Euphemism for "by Jesus" often used by Dubliners

Below

adj.

South

Belt

vb.

Assault, hit

Belt of a / the crozier

n. phr.

Episcopal censure

Best thing since sliced bread

phr.

Epitome of excellence

Bevvies n Alcoholic drinks

Biddy

n.

Meddlesome old woman

BIFFO phr. Big, Ignorant F**ker From Offaly

Bird

n.

Female, girl

Bit, the

phr.

Sexual intercourse

Bite my shite phr. Feck off, leave me alone and don't be so f**kin' stupid. / No Way
Black with adj Crowded (Town was black with people)
Black stuff, the n. Guinness

Blackguard

vb.

Abuse, vilify

Blaggard

n.

Chancer, hoodlum,

Blather

vb.

Talk on and on

Blather / blether

n. & vb.

Nonsense

Bleedin' beemer

n

Very fast German car

Bleeding / bleedin'

adj

Used to express serious emphasis; e.g. 'The weather was bleedin' terrible'  "Where's me bleedin' dinner?"

Bleedin' deadly adj Brilliant

Blemm

vb.

Travel at speed

Blond with a black skirt

phr.

Pint of stout

Bloomsday

date

16th June 1094

Blow-in

n.

Recent arrival not accepted by native Dubs; Foreigner

Bocketty / bockedy

adj.

Halting, imperfect, physically unstable or impaired

Bogball  n. GAA Football   (from siobh@chickmail.com)
Bogger adj. Country person not from Dublin or Ulster. Comes from term "Bogman", from the Dublinese "bog", meaning all of Ireland except Dublin.

Bogman

n

Term of contempt

Bog-standard

adj.

Basic, rudimentary

Bogtrotter

n.

Term of contempt

Bohs n Bohemiens Football Club

Bold

adj

Naughty, mostly of children, but sometimes also with sexual connotation.

Bold thing, the

n. phr.

Sexual intercourse

Bollix

n.

Despicable / unsavoury individual, invar. male

Bollocking

n.

Scolding; to "give out" to someone

Bombed out.

as adj

Jilted, given walking papers

Boner n Erection
Boozer n Pub, drinking house
Boreen n. Narrow counrtry road or lane

Bother

n. & vb.

Annoy, trouble , perplex, tease, worry

Bowsie / bowsy

n. adj.

Gurrier, lout

Box

n.

(1) Television.   (2) Another word for the female genitalia/genital area

Box the fox

vb. & phr

Rob (steal) apples from an orchard

Box yer ears for yih

vb. phr.

Chastise severely, assault

Boyo

n.

Lad, 'cute hoor', wild energetic man

Boys o boys

phr.

Grunted sigh used to punctuate speech as an expression of tiredness

Bowser

n.

Troublesome character

Brassy/ brasser

n.

Impudent shameless prostitute or hussy, a woman of dubious morals

Brat

n.

Badly behaved child

Break a pudding

vb. phr.

Belch

Brickin' it a Nervous to the point of soiling oneself

Brillo

adj.

Brilliant, as in wonderful

Bring, to

vb.

Take

Brothers, the

n.

Christian Brothers teaching order or school

Brown, in your

phr.

Expression of disbelief

Brush with

n. & vb.

Encounter,

Brutal

adj

Very bad

Bucket

vb.

Rain very heavily

Buckled

adj.

Intoxicated, an extreme state of inebriation

Bucko

n.

Lad, playboy

Bugle

n.

Erection

Bunt vb Help someone climb a wall or tree etc. see also hoosh

Bush

n.

Female pubic hair

Bushed

adj.

Exhausted

Business, to do vb. Have a shite

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