beagan

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish becán m (a little, small quantity) (compare Irish beagán, Manx beggan); synchronically, beag (small, little) +‎ -an

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

beagan m (genitive singular beagain, no plural)

  1. a few, a small number
    beagan mhionaideana few minutes
    an ceann beagain làitheanat the end of a few days
  2. a little, a small amount, bit, a bit
    beagan uisgea little water
    beagan bìdha bit of food

Usage notes[edit]

  • Followed by the genitive case, de and the dative case, or a prepositional pronoun derived from de:
    beagan ime / beagan de dh'ìma small amount of butter
    beagan dhinna few of us
  • Used where English uses determiner, adverb or pronoun.
    beagan chàirdeana few friends
    beagan dhiubha small number of them
    beagan nas sinea bit older / slightly older
    beagan nas slaodaichea little more slowly
    Tha i dìreach beagan is còig ceud meatair.It’s just a little over five hundred metres.
    Tha airgead aig beagan.A few [people] have money.
    Bha e doirbh airson bheagain.It was difficult for a few.

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References[edit]

  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, ISBN 0 901771 92 9
  • becán” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.