Definitions

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  • noun Ireland, Geordie fun, especially through enjoyable company, a pleasant conversation.

Etymologies

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Reborrowed from English crack, in turn from Middle English crak ("loud conversation, bragging talk").

Examples

  • Its one big party, as only the Irish could celebrate, with everyone invited to join in the "craic" - the Irish word for fun.

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  • Its one big party, as only the Irish could celebrate, with everyone invited to join in the "craic" - the Irish word for fun. www. chrisrobinsontravelshow.ca.

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  • Signs appeared on lampposts throughout Bournemouth announcing daily Irish Social Nights and inviting people to come for the "craic" - a new term in Britain then, which caused some consternation.

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  • This must be what they called 'craic' - a distinctively Irish word meaning fun times, good laughs and great company over a couple of drinks.

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  • Right across Ireland, where I’m from, craic is a malleable term that means, fun, excitement, good times, but also stories, news, the latest gossip, the general state of affairs.

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  • Right across Ireland, where I’m from, craic is a malleable term that means, fun, excitement, good times, but also stories, news, the latest gossip, the general state of affairs.

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  • Our non-Irish membership here tends to be attracted by the combination of a competitive sport and a great social scene, nicely summed up by the Irish expression craic

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  • Christopher Conkey/The Wall Street Journal An impromptu "craic" performance inside the Duke of York pub, a common occurence in the watering holes of Northern Ireland.

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  • You can take even the grooming-challenged to an Irish castle - at least Kilronan Castle - because Irish castles have that Irish je ne sais quoi - actually, it's called "craic" or fun.

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  • Ireland's rugged coast boasts a wealth of world-class waves, from Waterford in the far south to Antrim in the far north, but it's the "craic" that makes this a must-visit surf destination.

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  • Irish word pronounced "crack". See reference here.

    July 30, 2007

  • A spectacular word. Unfortunately, I can't use it in USA because nobody knows what it means, and I can't use it in Eire because I don't have the trick of using it right. So I content myself with using it to myself, now and again.

    August 16, 2008

  • Is "craic" legal ?

    August 16, 2008

  • Quite; it merely means, roughly, something going on...Wiki explains it better, link below.

    August 16, 2008

  • Well put Milo. I cringe when foreigners come to Australia and say G'day. Context, pronunciation and timing just don't come together for them, ever.

    August 16, 2008

  • http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/12/cormac-mccarthy-on-the-sante-fe-institute-s-brainy-halls.html

    Craic found here (& in Newsweek) page 2 of Cormac McCarthy uses its .(how I tumbled across it.)

    February 18, 2012