aisteach

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Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From aiste(quirk, peculiarity; knack, odd talent) +‎ -ach(adjectival suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Galway) IPA(key): /ˈæʃtʲəx/
  • (Mayo) IPA(key): /ˈaʃtʲəx/

Adjective[edit]

aisteach (genitive singular masculine aistigh, genitive singular feminine aistí, plural aisteacha, comparative aistí)

  1. peculiar, queer, strange, unusual; wonderful, surprising
    • 1899, Franz Nikolaus Finck, Die araner mundart, Marburg: Elwert’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, vol. II, p. 30:
      n̄ax æšcəx ə šḱēl ē?
      conventional orthography: Nach aisteach an scéal é?
      Isn’t that a strange story?
    • 1899, Franz Nikolaus Finck, Die araner mundart, Marburg: Elwert’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, vol. II, p. 30:
      tā šē rī æšcəx gə mĭøx n̥ ȷīnēr xō ȷeŕnəx.
      conventional orthography: Tá sé rí-aisteach go mbeadh an dinnéar chomh deireanach.
      It’s very strange that dinner would be so late.
  2. droll

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Mutation[edit]

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

References[edit]

  • "aisteach" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • aistech” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “aisteaċ” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.