Definition of Hibernianism in US English:


(also Hibernicism)


  • An Irish idiom or expression.

    • ‘When it was brought to me, my toast (to use an Hibernicism) proved to be bread-and-butter.’
    • ‘Also, your slavish use of obsolete, twee and anglicised Hibernicisms is peculiarly un-Irish, not to mention unconvincing and uncouth.’
    • ‘I hope that, after making due allowance for Hibernicisms and for imperfect acquaintance with English modes of thought and expression, he will accept my explanation as sufficient.’
    • ‘The foregoing words and expressions are probably provincialisms rather than Devonianisms, good old English forms of expression; as are, indeed, many of the so-called Hibernicisms.’