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Taig Line breaks: Taig

Definition of Taig in English:


(Chiefly in Northern Ireland) a derogatory term for a Catholic or Irish nationalist.
Example sentences
  • ‘To be a Catholic is still a political thing,’ Gerry Adams said in 1992; ‘it identifies you as a Fenian, a Taig.’
  • Every election here is really three separate elections: the intra-unionist election, the intra-nationalist one and the old faithful demographic headcount of Prods and Taigs.
  • Perhaps the time has come to treat all our people - black, white, yellow, gay, straight, Prod and Taig - the same.


1970s: variant of Teague, anglicized spelling of the Irish name Tadhg, used since the mid 17th century as a nickname for an Irishman.

  • tyke from Late Middle English:

    The word tyke (from Old Norse tík ‘bitch’) was first a term for a dog, especially a mongrel. It quickly became a rough man and then a Yorkshire tyke, ‘a person from Yorkshire’, before being used as an affectionate term for a cheeky child. In Australia and New Zealand tyke is an offensive term for a Roman Catholic. This is an alteration of Taig, a Northern Ireland Protestant's insulting name for a Catholic, from the Irish name Tadhg, which has been used since the 17th century as a nickname for an Irishman.

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