gell

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

gell (plural gells)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of girl.
    • 1861, George Eliot, “Chapter 14”, in Silas Marner:
      Well, mayhap that'll do, as it's a little gell, for they're easier persuaded to sit i' one place nor the lads.
    • 1906, Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children, Chapter 4: "The engine-burglar":
      "You're a naughty little gell, that's what you are," said the fireman, and the engine-driver said:--
      "Daring little piece, I call her," but they made her sit down on an iron seat in the cab and told her to stop crying and tell them what she meant by it.
  2. Alternative form of gill (a leech)

Cornish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₃ (gleam, yellow) (compare English yellow, Ancient Greek χλωρός (khlōrós, light green), Irish geal (white, bright), Latin helvus (dull yellow), Lithuanian žalias (green), Persian زر (zar, yellow), Sanskrit हरि (hari, greenish-yellow), Welsh gwelw (pale))).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gell

  1. light brown

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gelten (to be valid).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

gell

  1. (slang) a tag question roughly equivalent to yes?, no?, isn’t that so?, right?, or innit
    Wir gehen, gell?
    We’re going, aren’t we?
    Du verstehst mich, gell?
    You understand me, right?

Usage notes[edit]

The word is generally restricted to South German speech.

See also[edit]


Old Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

gell n, m (o-stem)

  1. a pledge, a surety.
    1. a hostage
  2. a stake, a wager
  3. (by extension of the previous senses) the equal, the equivalent
  4. in prepositional phrases
    • do gheall ar
      for the sake of
    • i ... ngeall
      in need of; depending on
    • i ngeall ar
      by means of; on account of; in exchange for; pledged to
    • i ngeall re
      in pledge for; in lieu of; as the equivalent of; depending on; on account of
    • mar gheall air
      in return for

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
gell gell
pronounced with /ɣ(ʲ)-/
ngell
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin [1]

Welsh[edit]

Noun[edit]

gell

  1. Mutated form of cell.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
cell gell nghell chell