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Dictionary Definition

kibosh v : stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process" [syn: stop, halt, block]

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  • GenAm [ˈkaɪˌbɑʃ], [kaɪˈbɑʃ], or [kɪˈbɑʃ]

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This is a list of English language words from the Celtic Irish language. For English words which originated in Ireland from other sources see Hiberno-English.
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  • AHD: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, hosted at
  • M-W: Meriam-Webster, hosted at
  • OED: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English (7th ed. 1982)
  • RH: Random House Unabridged Dictionary, hosted at

English words from the Irish language

;bard:a poet. From Irish and Scottish Gaelic bárd and Welsh bardd. Originally from Old Celtic *bardos (OED). ;boreen: (from bóithrín) a small country road;brogue: A strong regional accent, especially an Irish one. Presumably used originally with reference to the footwear of speakers of the brogue (OED).;colleen: (from cailín, countrywoman) girl (usually referring to an Irish girl) (OED).;drum: (from droim, 'back') A ridge often separating two long narrow valleys; a long narrow ridge of drift or diluvial formation (OED).;esker: (from eiscir) an elongated mound of post-glacial gravel, usually along a river valley (OED).;fiacre: a small four-wheeled carriage for hire, a hackney-coach. This derives from the Old Irish given name Fiacre (of uncertain meaning, perhaps 'battle king', perhaps 'little raven'). Saint Fiacre was a seventh century Irish saint for whom an inn in Paris that hired carriages was named. (OED);gob: (literally beak) mouth. Perhaps from Irish. (OED);kibosh: 'To put the kibosh on' is to do for something, finish it off, or simply to end it or terminate it. The OED says the origin is obscure and possibly Arabic or Yiddish, but it may be from the Irish an cháip bháis, 'the cap of death' or cabáiste, cabbage .;loch: (from loch) A lake, or arm of the sea; this has entered English by various routes; one derivation is most obvious (but then the spelling is usually 'lough'), and in Anglo-Irish and in various northern English dialects the origin is Gaelic.;phoney: (from fáinne, 'ring') from fake rings sold to immigrants just off the boat from Ireland ;shamrock: from seamróg ('trefoil'), a clover, used as a symbol for Ireland (OED).;shebeen: unlicensed house selling alcohol, from Irish síbín, a mugful (OED).;Sidhe: (pronounced 'she') the fairy folk of Ireland, from (aos) sídhe (OED). See banshee.; slew: from sluagh, a large number; a great amount (OED). NB: as in a slew of new products, not as in slay.;smithereens: small fragments, atoms. In phrases such as 'to explode into smithereens'. This is the word smithers (of obscure origin) with the Irish diminutive ending. Whether it derives from the modern Irish smidrín or is the source of this word is unclear (OED).;Tory: originally an Irish outlaw, probably from the Irish verb tóir, meaning "pursue" (OED).

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

KO, bugger, call off, cancel, complete, cripple, de-energize, debilitate, delete, disable, disenable, dispose of, drain, drop the curtain, end off, enfeeble, expunge, extinguish, finalize, finish, fold up, get it over, get over with, get through with, give the quietus, hamstring, hors de combat, inactivate, incapacitate, kayo, kill, knock out, lame, maim, perfect, polish off, put, put paid to, queer, queer the works, sabotage, scrag, shoot down, spike, unfit, weaken, wing, wipe out, wreck, zap
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