Irish twin

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally used (in the nineteenth century) to mock the fertility of Irish families, referencing the stereotype that they do not use birth control and thus have children in quicker succession.

Noun[edit]

Irish twin (plural Irish twins)

  1. (rare, slang, sometimes offensive) Either of a pair of siblings born less than 12 months apart, especially if born within the same calendar year.