níos

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See also: ñíos

Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Irish níd + as (‘a thing that is’).

Particle[edit]

níos

  1. Used with the comparative/superlative form of adjectives to form the simple comparative
    an buachaill níos — the bigger boy
    Tá an buachaill níos mó ná Séamas.
    The boy is bigger than James.

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected form of nigh.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

níos

  1. present relative of nigh
    an cailín a níos an t-éadach — the girl who washes the clothes
  2. first-person singular past of nigh
    Níos mo chuid éadaigh.
    I washed my clothes.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (present relative): níonn
  • (1st person singular past): nigh

Etymology 3[edit]

Inflected form of ní⁴.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

níos

  1. (archaic, Ulster) present relative of déan
    an buachaill a níos an féar — the boy who makes the hay
Synonyms[edit]