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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.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
usage: This term is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting.—n.
(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]
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|Noun||1.||Mick - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Irish descent|
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
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