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irie язык английский прилагательное (и наречие) и междуметие Прекрасно, отлично, круто и т.п. irie language english adjective (and adverb) and interjection Great, fine, all right; pleasing to the senses; powerful. Also occasionally as adv.: well, positively.

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irieadj. (and adv.) and int.

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Pronunciation:  
U.S. /ˈaɪri/
Caribbean /ˈairi/
Forms:  19– irey, 19– Irey, 19– I-rey, 19– irie, 19– Irie, 19– I-rie, 19– Iry.
Frequency (in current use):  
Origin: Of uncertain origin.
Etymology: Origin uncertain and disputed.
The word has been explained variously as an alteration of 19th cent. Jamaican English eerie hearty, ‘buckish’ (see P. A. Roberts West Indians & their Lang. (1988) 40–41), as an alteration of free adj. after Rastafarian English I- (see V. Pollard in M. Görlach & J. A. Holm Focus on Caribbean (1986) 164), and as representing a Jamaican pronunciation of all right adv. or all right adj.
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orig. and chiefly Jamaican.
 A. adj. (and adv.)

  Great, fine, all right; pleasing to the senses; powerful. Also occasionally as adv.: well, positively.

1976   Sunday Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica15 Aug. b10/1   Al Anderson, the black American guitarist who starred with some irie guitar on Natty Dread with Marley.
1980   M. Thelwell Harder they Come xiii. 280   ‘How dat soun'?’ ‘It soun' irie, go on, nuh.’
1983   G. Tate in Village Voice (N.Y.15 Mar. 34/1   I'm feeling Irie so I am cool.
1989   Newsday (Nexis) 30 Dec. ii. 17   If you smoked ‘sensi, you can rock irie’, she rapped, and the crowd exploded.
1999   Jamaica Observer (Electronic ed.) 15 July   The jerk sandwich does not look really appealing and if truth be told the food is not at all ‘irie’.
2004   Q Sept. 77/3   Beenie Man on Reggae. 20 songs that make him feel irie.

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 B. int.

  Expressing approval, positivity, good wishes, or brotherhood. Also used (esp. among Rastafarians) as a greeting or farewell.

1980   M. Thelwell Harder they Come xiv. 293   He heard murmurs of approval and even cries of ‘Irie!’ and ‘Gummy!’
1988   P. A. Roberts West Indians & their Lang. ii. 43   Interjecting expressions such as seensight is fairly general whereas loveI-rie.., yu no siitJah Rastafari still appear to require some implication or indication of Rastafarianism.
1995   Select Mar. 8   Sabres Of Paradise carve the Native Tongues rappers up into their trademark techno skank. Irie!
1996   R. Allsopp Dict. Caribbean Eng. Usage (at cited word)   ‘See you later, dread..!’ ‘Irie!’
1999   A. Levy Fruit of Lemon 293   In Jamaica I could be anything. Irie.

 

irieadj. (and adv.) and int.

View as: 
Keywords: 
Quotations: 
Pronunciation:  
U.S. /ˈaɪri/
Caribbean /ˈairi/
Forms:  19– irey, 19– Irey, 19– I-rey, 19– irie, 19– Irie, 19– I-rie, 19– Iry.
Frequency (in current use):  
Origin: Of uncertain origin.
Etymology: Origin uncertain and disputed.
The word has been explained variously as an alteration of 19th cent. Jamaican English eerie hearty, ‘buckish’ (see P. A. Roberts West Indians & their Lang. (1988) 40–41), as an alteration of free adj. after Rastafarian English I- (see V. Pollard in M. Görlach & J. A. Holm Focus on Caribbean (1986) 164), and as representing a Jamaican pronunciation of all right adv. or all right adj.
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orig. and chiefly Jamaican.
 A. adj. (and adv.)

  Great, fine, all right; pleasing to the senses; powerful. Also occasionally as adv.: well, positively.

1976   Sunday Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica15 Aug. b10/1   Al Anderson, the black American guitarist who starred with some irie guitar on Natty Dread with Marley.
1980   M. Thelwell Harder they Come xiii. 280   ‘How dat soun'?’ ‘It soun' irie, go on, nuh.’
1983   G. Tate in Village Voice (N.Y.15 Mar. 34/1   I'm feeling Irie so I am cool.
1989   Newsday (Nexis) 30 Dec. ii. 17   If you smoked ‘sensi, you can rock irie’, she rapped, and the crowd exploded.
1999   Jamaica Observer (Electronic ed.) 15 July   The jerk sandwich does not look really appealing and if truth be told the food is not at all ‘irie’.
2004   Q Sept. 77/3   Beenie Man on Reggae. 20 songs that make him feel irie.

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 B. int.

  Expressing approval, positivity, good wishes, or brotherhood. Also used (esp. among Rastafarians) as a greeting or farewell.

1980   M. Thelwell Harder they Come xiv. 293   He heard murmurs of approval and even cries of ‘Irie!’ and ‘Gummy!’
1988   P. A. Roberts West Indians & their Lang. ii. 43   Interjecting expressions such as seensight is fairly general whereas loveI-rie.., yu no siitJah Rastafari still appear to require some implication or indication of Rastafarianism.
1995   Select Mar. 8   Sabres Of Paradise carve the Native Tongues rappers up into their trademark techno skank. Irie!
1996   R. Allsopp Dict. Caribbean Eng. Usage (at cited word)   ‘See you later, dread..!’ ‘Irie!’
1999   A. Levy Fruit of Lemon 293   In Jamaica I could be anything. Irie.

 

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