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D

Word / Phrase

use

Meaning

Da, the

n.

Affectionate and respectful term for Dad

Dab hand

n.

Expert

Dainty adj. Not prissy, not whiney, not rediculous, but a combination somewhere in between; Imagine a cat with dirty feet trying to clean them without touching them and you get the feel of this term.

Daw

n.

Fool

Dead

adj.

Extremely, e.g. dead tired

Dead loss

adj. n.

No good

Deadner, give a  n To knee someone in the side of their thigh
Dead wide phr Fully aware of the situation    (from nagn@eircom.net)

Deadly

adj.

Extremely good or bad.  Expression of enthusiasm (also 'Rapid')  e.g."That song is fuckin' deadly!"

Dear

adj.

Expensive

Decent skin

n.

Nice person

Deco name Declan

Deffiney

adj.

Definitely

Deffo adj. Definitely. "Samantha Mumba? Yih, deffo a ride, all right.

Dekko

vb.

Look at, inspect

Delft'

n.

Teeth

Delph

n.

Cups, plates etc,

Dense adj Stupid

Desperate / despra

adj.

Very bad

Destroyed

adj.

Exhausted, harassed

Diabolical

adj.

Descriptive word for disaster or catastrophe

Didder

adv

Hesitancy or agitation

Diddy

n.

Nipple or female breast

Diddle vb. Swindle

Dig

n. vb.

A physical or psychological blow

Dip the wick

phr.

Try something, take a drink, get ready

Ditch

n.

Fence

Do a bunk / Flit v, phr Skeak off, usually to avoid paying a bill

Do a line /doing a line with

phr.

Have a relationship with s.o. of the opposite sex

Dog's abuse

n. phr

Severe verbal abuse or insult

Dog's bollocks adj. Genuine article

Dogs in the street

n. phr.

Everyone, the whole world

Dollies

n.

Female breasts

Dollop

n.

Large quantity of something, or adulterate something

Donkey's years n, adv A long period of time - "The Irish rugby team havn't beaten France in donkey's years'

Don't be talking

phr.

Strong agreement

Doss

vb.

Play truant or non-purposeful use of time

Dosser

n.

Time waster, layabout, feckless individual

Dote

n. & vb.

Very nice child or adult, or to show affection for

Double barrel

n. phr

Repeated male orgasm

Drag

n.

Cigarette, or pull on a cigarette

Dresser

n.

Open furniture display unit for plates, cups etc.

Drink-Link    n. A cash machine (ATM), so-called because it's the last place you visit before going out on the batter.

Drizzle

n.

Fine shower of rain

Drop

n.

Drink

Dry

adj.

Thirsty

Dry shite n Dull person
Dualer n. The dual carraigeway.    "I hit a cat on the dualer. Fuckin' cats."

Dub

n.

Person from Dublin

Dug out of

vb. phr.

Separate from s.o. by force

Dummy/Dummy Tit n Pacifier
Dump (taking a)  adj Going to the toilet, doing a #2 !

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