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From the Irish first name Tadhg. Cognate with English taig (A Catholic). Compare Mick and Paddy.


Teague (plural Teagues)

  1. (derogatory) An Irishman.
    • 1661, “A New Medley”, in Ebsworth, Joseph Woodfall, editor, Merry Drollery Compleat[1], reprint edition, Boston, Lincolnshire: Robert Roberts, published 1875, page 335:
      Let not poor Teg and Shone / Vender from der houses, / Lest dey be quite undone / In der very Trouses
    • c. 1660–1663, “A Begger I'll Be”, in Farmer, John Stephen, editor, Musa Pedestris[2], published 1896, page 29:
      With Shinkin-ap-Morgan, with Blue-cap, or Teague, / We into no Covenant enter, nor League.
    • 1706, Ward, Edward, The Wooden World Dissected, third edition, London: M. Cooper, published 1744, page 70:
      He is not so nice as his Superiors, whom nothing will go down with, under right Nantz or Rum; he shall gulp ye down the rankest Stinkibus with as good a Gusto, as a Teague does Usquenaugh, and not be a Doit the worse for it.
    • 1779, Johnson, Samuel, “Addison”, in Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, volume 1, Charlestown: Samuel Etheridge Jr, published 1810, page 411:
      Sempronious, in the second act, comes back once more in the same morning to the governor's hall, to carry on the conspiracy with Syphax against the governor, his country, and his family; which is so stupid, that it is below the wisdom of the O—'s, the Mac's, and the Teague's; even Eustace Cummins himself would never have gone to Justice-hall to have conspired against the government.

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