Definition of garryowen in English:



  • An up-and-under.

    • ‘Ireland took the lead when his garryowen caused panic in the South Africa defence.’
    • ‘He hit back immediately, however, when he launched a hopeful garryowen and they collided in their efforts to gather it.’
    • ‘First came the second goal of the game, when he plucked his garryowen from the air and it was he who was left with the simple task of hitting the net from six yards.’
    • ‘While the Towers' full back line did make a ‘pig's ear’ of dealing with another garryowen floated into the square by the admirable Eoin which wound up in the net they were not in the least deterred.’
    • ‘He contributed a booming diagonal towards the corner, a chip behind the Edinburgh midfield and then a high garryowen.’


1960s: named after a rugby club in Limerick, Republic of Ireland.