aerach

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Irish aerach (airy, pleasant; light-hearted, gay, frivolous); aer (air) +‎ -ach. The sense ‘homosexual’ is a calque of English gay.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

aerach (genitive singular masculine aeraigh, genitive singular feminine aeraí, plural aeracha, comparative aeraí)

  1. airy
  2. lighthearted, gay; lively, frolicsome
  3. flighty, giddy
  4. (sexuality, LGBT) gay, homosexual

Declension[edit]

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
aerach n-aerach haerach t-aerach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • "aerach" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • aerach” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.