-igh

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Irish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish -igid, originally a deponent verb formative. Possibly akin to Ancient Greek -ίζειν (-ízein), Proto-Germanic *-ja-. Compare Scottish Gaelic -ich.

Suffix[edit]

-igh

  1. Suffix used to form verbs from nouns; semi-productive in modern Irish.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Affixed verbs ending in -igh form a sizeable number of second-conjugation verbs. Many monosyllabic verbs in Irish (which historically are not from affixes), however, are of the first conjugation.
    First-conjugation verbs (which are not a result of affixation):
    léigh -- to read
    ligh -- to lick
    nigh -- to wash
    dóigh -- to burn
    suigh -- to sit (originally suidh)
    súigh -- to suck

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