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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 ?
They's been too much drink, an' you know what the Micks are for a rough house.
Naw," responded Jimmie with a valiant roar, "dese micks can't make me run.
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.
His name was Mick Walker, and he wore a ragged apron and a paper cap.