-áil

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See also: ail, áil, àil, Äil, and -ail

Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Suffix[edit]

-áil

  1. suffix used to form verbal nouns
    fáil, formerly spelled fagháil, verbal noun of faigh ‎(to get)
    gabháil, verbal noun of gabh ‎(to take)
  2. suffix used productively to form denominative verbs and their associated verbal nouns
    iarann ‎(iron) + ‎-áil → ‎iarnáil ‎(to iron)
    spág ‎(a big, clumsy foot) + ‎-áil → ‎spágáil ‎(to shamble, trudge)

Usage notes[edit]

This suffix is particularly common with English loanwords. The Irish-language poet Cathal Ó Searcaigh in his poem "Cainteoir Dúchais" (published 1997 in the collection Out in the Open) uses the following verbs:

Derived terms[edit]