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adjectiveIrish English, Scottish, Northern
Harsh, ill-tempered; rude, surly, boorish.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Kelly (c1684–1751), writer. Origin uncertain; perhaps from ram-, reanalysed as from ram and used as an intensifying prefix + a second element of uncertain origin + -och, intensifying suffix.
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