feum

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish feidm (effort), from Proto-Celtic *védes-men- (need-service), from Proto-Indo-European *ved.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

feum m (genitive feuma or fèim)

  1. need, necessity
    ann 'am fheum - in my time of need
    'S e am feum a thug air sin a dhèanamh. - Dire necessity made him do that.
  2. use, usefulness
    Chan eil feum annad. - There is no use in you.
    Dè is feum dha? - What is the use of it?
    Is beag feum a tha ort. - You are quite useless.
  3. poverty
  4. worth
  5. occasion
    Chan eil feum ort. - There is no occasion for (or need of) you.

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