buachaill

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish búachaill (cowherd), from Proto-Celtic *boukolyos, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷowkólos, from *gʷṓws (cow) + *kʷel- (to revolve, turn around). Cognates include Breton bugel (child), Welsh bugail (shepherd), and Ancient Greek βουκόλος (boukólos, cowherd).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

buachaill m (genitive singular buachalla, nominative plural buachaillí)

  1. boy; young, unmarried man
    Synonym: garsún
  2. boyfriend
    Synonym: stócach
  3. herdsman
  4. servant, male employee
  5. lad, boyo
  6. useful thing (referring to a masculine noun)
    Is é an rinse an buachaill chun na hoibre.
    The wrench is the right tool for the job.

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
buachaill bhuachaill mbuachaill
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish búachaill (cowherd), from Proto-Celtic *boukolyos, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷowkólos, from *gʷōus (cow) + *kʷel (to revolve, move around, sojourn).

Noun[edit]

buachaill m (genitive singular buachaille, plural buachaillean)

  1. cowherd
  2. herdsman, shepherd
  3. watch or protector of cattle of any kind
  4. youth

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
buachaill bhuachaill
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[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
  • búachaill” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.