1. [late 18C+] a generic term for an Irishman; also as a term of address or nickname.
2. [1900s-50s] (Aus.) a Chinese person.
3. [1990s+] (Irish und.) as Pat’s, St Patrick’s Institution, an Irish equivalent of Borstal.
1. [mid-19C–1900s] Ireland.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
[early 19C–1900s] an Irish person.
[1900s–30s] (US) a vehicle in which prisoners are conveyed to a police station (cf. paddy wagon under Paddy n.).
see for Pete’s sake! excl.