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English

Noun

craic

  1. (Ireland) conversation, chat
    • 2007, Kevin Cullen, His peace in poetry, The Boston Globe, [1]
      He nursed bottled water and listened to the accents, the stories, the craic.

Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [krakʲ]

Etymology

16th Century Scots Language crack.

Crack is a North of England dialect and Scots word which has remained in constant use up to the present day. The word was introduced to Ulster in the early Seventeenth Century and used extensively in both their speech and literature.

In recent decades it has been adopted into Irish Gaelic, and is spelled 'craic' as there is no letter "k" in the Irish language.

Many words in current usage throughout Ireland are from previous centuries, some older English words have long since passed out of usage but in much of Ireland they are still in use.

Noun

craic f.

  1. crack
  2. conversation, chat, fun
  3. crazy person

Declension

Second declension

Bare forms

Case Singular Plural
Nominative craic craiceanna
Vocative a chraic a chraiceanna
Genitive craice craiceanna
Dative craic craiceanna

Forms with the definite article

Case Singular Plural
Nominative an chraic na craiceanna
Genitive na craice na gcraiceanna
Dative leis an gcraic

don chraic

leis na craiceanna

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