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Irish

Etymology

Proto-Celtic *bezgos (cf. Breton bic'han, Welsh bychan).

Pronunciation

Adjective

beag

  1. small, little

Declension

First declension; forms of the positive degree:

Case Masculine singular Feminine singular Plural
Nominative beag beag beaga
Vocative big beag beaga
Genitive big bige beag
Dative beag beag
archaic big
beaga

comparative/superlative: (older spelling lugha)


Scottish Gaelic

Etymology

Proto-Celtic *bezgos (cf. Breton bic'han, Welsh bychan).

Pronunciation

Adjective

beag

  1. small, little, short, diminutive
    • duine beag
      • a diminutive man
    • ùine bheag
      • a short time
  2. disagreeable
    • Is beag orm thu.
      • I hate you. (literally, You are disagreeable to me.)
  3. light, trifling, insignificant
    • Is beag seo.
      • This is a trifling thing.
    • Is beag an dolaidh.
      • It is no great harm. (Meaning he or she richly deserves it.)
  4. young
    • na sionnaich bheaga
      • the young foxes
  5. few
    • air bheag de làithibh
      • in a few days
  6. sordid, miserly, niggardly
    • Is beag sin de Ghàidhlig.
      • That is a poor sort of Gaelic.
    • Tha e fìor bheag 'n a nàdnr.
      • He has a very niggardly disposition.

Declension

First declension; forms of the positive degree:

Case Masculine singular Feminine singular Plural
Nominative beag bheag beaga
Vocative bhig beag beaga
Genitive bhig bhig/bige beag
Dative bheag bhig beaga

comparative/superlative: lugha

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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