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The difference between "fierce" and "savage" in Irish English

In Irish English, fierce is an adverb in the same way that savage can be an adjective.

Fierce is a synonym for "extremely, impressively."

Savage is a synonym for "impressive, estimable."

A "fierce big roll" is an "unusually large baguette sandwich," and is the same as a "savage roll."
  • "Savage" can also function as a noun in the term "muck savage" — a derogatory synonym for "culchie," somebody from the countryside.