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

  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a person of Irish birth or descent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Easy.
  • n. an Irishman
  • n. A Catholic, particularly of Irish descent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a person of Irish descent; -- an ethnic slur, offensive and disparaging.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slang name for an Irishman. See micky.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Irish descent


Probably from the name Mick, nickname for Michael.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a common Irish name Michael (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of Mickey Mouse. (Wiktionary)



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  • I agree with bilby, with the slight nuance that it often involves someone who deserves to be taken down a peg or two.

    It's probably more common to say "you're taking the piss" than to say 'you're taking the mick" these days.

    February 24, 2015

  • Means to make fun of someone.

    February 23, 2015

  • >What does it mean to take the _mick_ out of someone?

    I think it's to knock the chip off their shoulder: Verbally 

    edit - urban dictionary has a few examples  

    February 22, 2015

  • What does it mean to take the _mick_ out of someone?

    February 22, 2015

  • Do you have a citation for that, r.frog? (I'm curious where it came from since I never saw it before.) :)

    August 21, 2008

  • Or my favorite form of the Irish 7 course meal, a bottle of whiskey and 6 baked potatoes.

    August 21, 2008

  • Mmm, potatoes. What's an Irish 7 course meal? A six pack and a potato. Amen.

    August 21, 2008

  • You forgot about potatoes.

    August 21, 2008

  • "The only two things those damn micks are interested in are booze and Jesus."

    August 19, 2008