Meaning of ganch in English:


Pronunciation /ɡɑːn(t)ʃ/


(also gaunch)
informal Northern Irish
  • A foolish, awkward, or clumsy person.

    • ‘I don't know what she sees in that big ganch’
    • ‘I wasn't talking to you, ya big ganch.’
    • ‘"Be careful with that you big ganch", a woman shouts.’
    • ‘No matter how tall I grow I'll still have to look up to you, you big lanky ganch.’
    • ‘Out of good manners, I would hesitate to label him an ignorant ganch.’
    • ‘If you ring them, you'll hear Greensleeves for three hours or—worse—you'll get some wee ganch who's obviously only there because there was no place else to put them.’


Early 18th century (in the verb sense ‘to snap or snarl’): originally Scots, of imitative origin.