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n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a person of Irish birth or descent.

[Probably from the name Mick, nickname for Michael.]


(mɪk) or


1. (Peoples) (sometimes not capital) derogatory a slang name for an Irishman or a Roman Catholic
2. Austral the tails side of a coin
[C19: from the nickname for Michael]



usage: This term is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting.
(sometimes cap.) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Irish birth or descent.)
[1855–60, Amer.; generic use of Mick, hypocoristic form of Michael]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mick - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Irish descent
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
Irishman - a man who is a native or inhabitant of Ireland
References in classic literature ?
Having tried nine seasons at Dublin and two at Bath and Cheltenham, and not finding a partner for life, Miss Malony ordered her cousin Mick to marry her when she was about thirty-three years of age; and the honest fellow obeying, carried her off to the West Indies, to preside over the ladies of the --th regiment, into which he had just exchanged.
Mind that divvle of a docther, Mick, and whatever ye du, keep yourself sober for me party this evening.
His name was Mick Walker, and he wore a ragged apron and a paper cap.
As often as Mick Walker went away in the course of that forenoon, I mingled my tears with the water in which I was washing the bottles; and sobbed as if there were a flaw in my own breast, and it were in danger of bursting.
Mealy Potatoes uprose once, and rebelled against my being so distinguished; but Mick Walker settled him in no time.
They's been too much drink, an' you know what the Micks are for a rough house.
But I won't give much for your good looks if some of them Micks lands on you.
Naw," responded Jimmie with a valiant roar, "dese micks can't make me run.
Tom Pellington : I first met Mick as a NITL board member in 1996.
The ending provides drama as Mick and Boot discover which wars are worth waging, but a message about informing a responsible adult about the beatings Boot has endured would have been appropriate.
During World War II, as I was leaving for work in the morning, the Italian grandmothers would shout out from their windows, 'You be good, Mick,''' she recalled.
In these dramatic scenes, to be screened next week,Les arms himself with a crowbar and confronts Mick in front of Janice and neighbour Curly Watts.