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English

Etymology

French ache, Latin apium parsley

Alternative spellings

Noun

ach

  1. (obsolete) A name given to several species of plants; as, smallage, wild celery, parsley - Holland

Dutch

Pronunciation

Interjection

ach

  1. oh, expresses compassion, surprise and dismay

German

Interjection

ach

  1. oh: expressing of surprise
  2. oh: expressing wonder, amazement, or awe
  3. oh: expressing understanding, recognition, or realization
  4. oh: preceding an offhand or annoyed remark
  5. oh: an invocation or address

Irish

Etymology

From Old Irish acht < Proto-Celtic *ektos < Proto-Indo-European *eghs.

Pronunciation

Conjunction

ach

  1. but

Scottish Gaelic

Etymology

Old Irish act, acht

Conjunction

ach

  1. but, except, save, besides
    • ach mise, but me
    • cha d'rinn neach ach thus' e, none but you did it
  2. if only
    • ach do làmhansa bhi leinn, if only your hands were with us
    • ach beag, almost

Interjection

ach!

  1. oh!, alas!, ah!
  2. expression of disgust

References

  • The Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary (Birlinn Limited, 1901-1911, Compiled by Edward Dwelly)
  • A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language (John Grant, Edinburgh, 1925, Compiled by Malcolm MacLennan)

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