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Irish

Noun

gaoth f.

  1. wind, a breeze.
    "'S í an ghaoth do ghuth,/ 's í an bháisteach do dheora..." ("The wind is thy voice,/ the rain is thy tears...") -From "Sigma", by Secret Garden.

Declension

Second declension

Bare forms

Case Singular Plural
Nominative gaoth gaotha
Vocative a ghaoth a ghaotha
Genitive gaoithe gaoth
Dative gaoth gaotha

Forms with the definite article

Case Singular Plural
Nominative an ghaoth na gaotha
Genitive na gaoithe na ngaoth
Dative leis an ngaoth

don ghaoth

leis na gaotha


Scottish Gaelic

Etymology

Irish gaoth, Early Irish gaeth, goeth, Old Irish gáith: *gaito-, from root gai, Indo-European ghai, ghei, ghi, drive, storm, as in Gaelic geamhradh, q.v. English ghost (Indo-European ghoizdo-s) is allied.

Noun

gaoth f., gen gaoithe, pl gaothan

  1. wind, a breeze.
    "'S i fuar a-nochd, a' ghaoth an geamhraidh" ("'Tis cold tonight, the winter wind")
  2. (vulgar) flatulence

An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Alexander MacBain, Gairm Publications, 1982

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