cailleach

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Scots, from Scottish Gaelic.

Noun[edit]

cailleach (plural cailleachs)

  1. (Scotland) old woman

Irish[edit]

cailleach

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish caillech (nun, housekeeper, elderly woman, crone, hag), from caille (veil) (+ -ech), from Latin pallium.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cailleach f (genitive singular caillí, nominative plural cailleacha)

  1. (historical) nun
    Synonyms: cailleach dhubh, cailleach Mhuire
  2. old woman, hag; midwife
    1. witch
    2015, Proinsias Mac a' Bhaird, transl.; Maura McHugh, editor, Amhrán na Mara (fiction, paperback), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny; Howth, Dublin: Cartoon Saloon; Coiscéim, translation of Song of the Sea by Will Collins, →ISBN, page 7:
    Macha, Cailleach na nUlchabhán
    Macha the Owl Witch
    1. (informal, usually derogatory) old dear
    2. (informal, also offensive, derogatory) old girl
  3. precocious girl
  4. (informal, offensive, derogatory) bag, bat, bitch, cat, cow, dog, jade, shrew
  5. (of man):
    1. (contemptuously) spineless fellow, coward
      Synonym: cailleach fir
    2. (facetiously, in direct address) lad!
  6. spent, shrivelled, thing
  7. stump; obstructing object
  8. (of straw, wrack) truss, bundle
  9. stone weight (on rope, net)
  10. recess for bed; alcove; (familiar) snuggery
    Synonym: cailleach shúgáin
  11. rainmaker
  12. scold
  13. (architecture) outshot; return
  14. hagfish, borer

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cailleach chailleach gcailleach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]


Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Scottish Gaelic cailleach, from Old Irish caillech, from caille (veil) + -ach.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈkeljʌx], [ˈkalʌx], [ˈkaljʌx]

Noun[edit]

cailleach (plural cailleachs)

  1. old woman, crone
    Synonym: auld wife

References[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish caillech, from caille (veil) + -ach.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cailleach f (genitive singular cailliche, plural cailleachan)

  1. old woman
  2. woman, wife
  3. hag, crone
  4. cowl (on a chimney)

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

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

References[edit]