1. an Irishman, esp. when large and brawny; thus Paddy Whackery n.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|‘The Wee Wee Bag of Potatoes’ in Luke Caffrey’s Gost 5: My curse upon you Paddy Whack, you have ruin’d the ladies.|
|Sprigs of Laurel 31: 3. I’m Natty Jack. 4. I’m Paddy Whack.|
|Modern Chivalry (1937) Pt II Vol. IV 729: God love your shoul, said the Paddy-whack, it is not you I am attacking.|
|Doctor Syntax, Consolation (1868) 182/2: Whene’er you meet a Paddy Whack, / Think whose strength laid you on your back.|
|Berks. Chron. 28 May 3/3: Whenever a bull is made by any person, he is set down immediately for a Paddy-whack.|
|Run Through the United States I 121: The rail-road, which will be completed from Boston to this place [...] thanks to Paddy Whack.|
|London Standard 22 Oct. 3/3: An old song makes mention of a certain — ‘Paddywhack just come from Cork’.|
|Reading Mercury 22 Mar. 5/5: The Irish, or poor Paddy-whack, he might rap well.|
|Clarksville Chron. (TN) 18 June 1/6: Downing [...] boasted [...] that he had Irish blood in his veins. This was too much for Paddy-whack [who] roared out ‘An’ was yer mother scared by a nayger?’.|
|Worcs. Chron. 18 Mar. 5/2: There would be a great danger of its being transformed by [...] Malapropian tongues in the sister isle into ‘Paddy-whack’.|
|Event (Cork) n.p.: About thirty-five years ago there lived [...] a few miles out of Carrigaline, a celebrated character, nicknamed Paddy Whack. He earned the alias by frequent rows he got into [BS].|
|Pittsburgh Dispatch 27 Jan. 10/5: The millionaire’s son rubbing shoulders with the paddywhack from the tenements.|
|DN III:v 421: paddywhacker, n. An Irish ragamuffin.‘Cape Cod Dialect – Addenda’ in|
|Wash. Times (DC) 20 Oct. 5/2: What would she be doin’ [...] but fall [...] in love with Paddywhack himself, the same as what used to paddywhack her proper when she was a naughty little girl.|
|(con. 1890–1910) Hard Life (1962) 40: But by gob it wasn’t like that when we had the Penal Laws, with Paddy Whack keeping a lookout for the soldiery from the top of the ditch on a Sunday morning.|
2. in attrib. use of sense 1.
|Lancaster Gaz. (OH) 18 July 1/5: My friend george [...] would be justle astonished were the ragged paddy-whack voters [...] to invade his lawn.|
|Kentucky Irish Amer. (Louisville, KY) 27 Mar. 2/2: The Boston Citizen says: ‘If a check is not soon put on the Irish Romanists this whole country will soon resemble a vast Paddy-whack burying ground’.|
3. (also paddywhacking) a severe beating.
|Wilmington Jrnl (NC) 1 Dec. 2/2: WEe do not want [the enemy] to slide away with impunity [...] to lose his paddy-whack.|
|Dly Public Ledger (Maysville, KY) 29 Feb. 1/3: Paddy Whack! What a Pair of Toughs Got in the Police Court [...] Judge Wadsworth [...] directed Officers Stockdale and Purnell to give each of the lads a sound thrashing.|
|Richmond Dispatch (VA) 25 Jan. 22/5: ‘Do you want another paddywhacking?’ demanded the boy.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] PADDYWHACK—A beating.|
|Framlingham Wkly News 29 Oct. 3/7: Up with your shick-shack or down comes a paddy-whack.|
|Maledicta III:2 163: paddywhack n Thrashing, severe beating.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 279: The Irish Paddy has been elaborated in various ways, e.g., [...] paddywhack, a stout Irishman, a rage or passion, and a thrashing or firm blow—the kind of smack or whack an angry Paddy might give you.|
4. a rage, a passionate outburst of temper.
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 46: Well, hold on, till King loses his temper [...] He’s a libelous old rip, an’ he’ll be in a ravin’ paddy-wack.‘In Ambush’ in|
5. (Irish) stage or ‘professional’ Irishism, e.g. much use of ‘Sure an’ beggorrah, sorr...’.
|Best of Myles (1968) 278: Superimpose on all that the miasma of ironic usage [...] Irish bullery and Paddy Whackery.|
|Sun. Trib. (Dublin) 4 Feb. n.p.: The story of an alcoholic who despite drinking 30 pints a day still holds down a job on the railways, is a ludicrous wallow in some never-never land of pub Paddy-whackery [BS].|
the attributes of stereotyped Irishness.
|Taunton Courier 24 June 5/2: The gentleman [said] that he was an irishman to the backbone [...] he proceeded to give a most appropriate illustration of his ‘paddy-whackery’.|
|Irish Issue 70: Americans generally, and maybe those of Irish extraction more than others, ought quickly to shed their paddywhackery attitudes and their picture postcard, tourist notions of Holy (read Hollywood) Ireland.|
|Dreamers of Dreams 107: So many people here have an interest in Ireland but want no part of what I call the Green sickness, or our annual bout of Paddy whackery.|
|Irish RMs 44: The stories were and are sometimes criticised for Paddywhackery or presenting ‘stage Irish’ for the amusement of arrogant Anglo-Saxons.|
|Wearing of the Green 240: [St Patrick’s day] is a day when Irish goods and companies are promoted abroad, and also when the purveyors of ‘paddy whackery’ have their day in the sun.|
an unlicensed almanac.
|N&Q Ser. 7 I 478: Before the tax on almanacs... a class of printers [sold] an almanack unstamped, and this was often called Paddy’s Watch. They were hawked about... sold at 3d, and often for less, when a stamped almanac cost 1s. 9d. or 2s. I have often heard... ‘Have you an almanac?’ and the answer has been, ‘We have a Paddy’.|
(Aus.) a spanking, a thrashing.
|Lily on the Dustbin 82: When cheek persists, more old-fashioned adults may still threaten a taste of ‘Paddy-whack-the-drumstick’.|