Arrah

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • interj Arrah ar′a Anglo-Irish expletive of emotion, wonder, &c.
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Usage

In literature:

Arrah it's on his hands an knees he'd have to do it.
"The Island Queen" by R.M. Ballantyne
Arrah, be aisy, Ned!
"Handy Andy, Volume One" by Samuel Lover
Arrah, now, keep aff me!
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Arrah, now, Dennis darlin', a sup o' the whisky for me, a thrifle sthrong, an' ye plaze.
"Live to be Useful" by Anonymous
Arrah, what the divil are yez all dreamin' about?
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
Arrah, says Mr. Carew, are you my countryman, dear joy?
"The Surprising Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew King of the Beggars; containing his Life, a Dictionary of the Cant Language, and many Entertaining Particulars of that Extraordinary Man" by Unknown
Arrah musha, were the man as sensible as his fowl I'd know.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
Arrah ye'll not know Ballymurky afther the KAISER has done with it.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 18, 1914" by Various
Arrah, how might that be?
"The Indian Princess" by James Nelson Barker
Arrah, what brought him here at all?
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
Marching thence, he drove his enemy before him until he reached Arrah.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
Arrah, and whose doin' this kidnappin', annyways?
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
Arrah now me honey; fwhat ud be the use av consalin' it?
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
Arrah, is it hang a gentleman?
"The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
If yez ax a mon will he be afther givin' yez a nip off bread, he tell yez, 'Arrah!
"Fritz to the Front" by Edward L. Wheeler
Arrah, what ails ye, Paddy!
"Further Experiences of an Irish R.M." by E. OEnone Somerville
Arrah avic machree, you don't undherstand her; that was all put on, man alive.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
Arrah, Ned, I wondher you haven't more sense than to be deludhered by that beggarman out of your little girl an' your money.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
Arrah, what's come over ye?
"The King of Diamonds" by Louis Tracy
Arrah avic machree, you don't undherstand her; that was all put on, man alive.
"All-Hallow Eve; or, The Test of Futurity." by Robert Curtis
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In poetry:

Arrah, why, says you, couldn't he manage it?
I'll go bail, my fine dairyman darling,
Like the bumping bull of the Cassidys
All your butter is in your horns.
  (Chorus) His butter is in his horns.
           Butter his horns!
"The Ballad of Persse O'Reilly" by James Joyce