athair

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Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish athair, from Proto-Celtic *ɸatīr, from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr.

Noun[edit]

athair m (genitive singular athar, nominative plural aithreacha)

  1. father (male parent; term of address for a priest; male ancestor more remote than a parent, a progenitor)
    Fuair m’athair bás.
    My father died.
    • 1899, Franz Nikolaus Finck, Die araner mundart[1], Marburg: N. G. Elwert'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung:
      ḱē n xȳ ə wil tū, ə æhŕ̥?
      Cén chaoi a bhfuil tú, a athair? (conventional orthography)
      How are you, father? [could be addressed to one’s own father or to a priest, as in English]
    • 1899, Franz Nikolaus Finck, Die araner mundart[2], Marburg: N. G. Elwert'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung:
      æhŕəxə
      m’aithreacha (conventional orthography)
      my fathers, my ancestors
    • 1899, Franz Nikolaus Finck, Die araner mundart[3], Marburg: N. G. Elwert'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung:
      h-æhŕəxə n̄ȳfe[2]
      na haithreacha naofa (conventional orthography)
      the Church Fathers
  2. ancestor
  3. sire
Declension[edit]
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Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quiggin, E. C. (1906) A Dialect of Donegal, Cambridge University Press, page 33
  2. ^ Corrected by the author on p. 257 to nȳfə

Etymology 2[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

athair f (genitive singular athrach)

  1. creeper
  2. Alternative form of nathair (snake)
Declension[edit]
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Mutation[edit]

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

Old Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *ɸatīr, from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

athair m (genitive athar, nominative plural aithir)

  1. father

Inflection[edit]

Masculine r-stem
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative athair athairL aithir
Vocative athair athairL aithrea
Accusative athairN athairL aithrea
Genitive athar athar aithreN, athraeN
Dative athairL aithrib, athraib aithrib, athraib
Initial mutations of a following adjective:
  • H = triggers aspiration
  • L = triggers lenition
  • N = triggers nasalization

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Irish: athair
  • Manx: ayr
  • Scottish Gaelic: athair

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
athair unchanged n-athair
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish athair, from Proto-Celtic *ɸatīr, from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

athair m (genitive singular athar, plural athraichean)

  1. father

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Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

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

References[edit]