omadhaun

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An Irish word that appears in English literature and political speech.

Noun[edit]

omadhaun (plural omadhauns)

  1. (Ireland) A fool, someone who is out of their senses, simpleton.
    "No, you omadhaun. It bites your shoulder, rips it right off." --Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes, 1996.
    "...an Omadhaun is a man who began life with some sense, but lost most of it on his journey." --Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson, A Story of Outback Life, 1906.
    "Tin trumpets some of the omadhauns had brought along to bray with...." --Hugh Kenner, A Colder Eye, 1983.