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nounIrish English, Regional, Scottish
A commotion, an uproar; a state of confused disorder; a noisy or drunken romp.
adjectiveIrish English, Regional, Scottish
Rough, riotous, noisy; disordered; helter-skelter, topsy-turvy.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Atholl Manuscripts. Origin uncertain. If the some forms are primary, perhaps a reduplication with vowel variation of reel. If the some forms are primary, perhaps from Irish rí-rá commotion, revelry, clamour, of uncertain origin, perhaps an expressive formation.
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