culchie

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Kiltimagh, a town in County Mayo, Ireland, or from Irish coillte (woods).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

culchie (plural culchies)

  1. (Dublin, slang, pejorative) A rural person; a rustic or provincial.
    • 1987, Roddy Doyle, The Commitments, King Farouk, Dublin:
      Only culchies shop in Clery's but, said Billy.
    • 1991, Management Centre Europe, Industrial relations Europe, Volume 19, Issue 264.
      For most of his quarter-century in Ireland's parliament, he was regarded as the archetypal "culchie", Dublin slang for an unpolished, reactionary rural type.
    • 2005, Raymond Hickey, Dublin English: evolution and change, John Benjamins Publishing Company.
      A dismissive attitude towards rural accents was all too prevalent: accents outside Dublin being described as 'culchie, bogger, mucker' accents.
    • 2013, Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Faber & Faber 2014, p. 35:
      And I'm from some place so much littler than this. That redneck culchie.