from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A town of south-central Ireland southwest of Dublin. The song "It's a Long Way to Tipperary” was used as marching music by the British Expeditionary Force in World War I. Population: 5,100.

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  • proper n. A county in the Republic of Ireland
  • proper n. A town in the county of Tipperary, Ireland.


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  • But as it turns out, Tipperary is largely a "by-request" destination.

    Inside View from Ireland

  • The station hand's boss, Gordon Coward said he suspected the animal had come from what was formerly known as Tipperary Sanctuary.


  • In many ways typified by the response team member Paul Campbell gave to Evert Bopp when he posted about his ideas for starting a coworking center in Tipperary.

    Contrast ulations! (on a coworking success story)

  • Evert Bopp is offering a cool prize to someone for helping to rename his Tipperary-based company.

    October 2007

  • "She says Dr. O'Connor's brother, who is the medical officer of a lunatic asylum somewhere in Tipperary," continued Aunt Theresa, "declares all mad women go out of their minds through ill-temper.

    Six to Sixteen: A Story for Girls

  • The day after leaving York we passed Mr. Samuel Burgess's establishment, called Tipperary, where we were splendidly entertained at a dinner, with his brothers and family.

    Australia Twice Traversed, Illustrated,

  • The story is told through a series of beautiful epiphanies: Durga experiences a monsoon in an ecstasy that has tragic consequences; an itinerant band plays "Tipperary" in a dissonant jangle that ironically evokes the clash of cultures in India.

    Rescuing Ray

  • As we left the town the loyal people lined the streets, the fellows in the columns whistled "Tipperary," and we got a rousing farewell.

    With Botha in the Field

  • "Tipperary" was just becoming popular to whistle when a camera man authorized by the Government of Canada took one of the most striking pictures in our part of the war outside the zone of the shell areas.

    The Masques of Ottawa

  • Song heartens us when weary and helps the miles to slip past even though the ditty be but "Tipperary" or "John Brown's body."

    Spirit and Music


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