cailleach

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Scots, from Scottish Gaelic.

Noun[edit]

cailleach (plural cailleachs)

  1. (Scotland) an 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
  3. precocious girl
  4. (of man):
    1. (contemptuously) spineless fellow, coward
      Synonym: cailleach fir
    2. (facetiously, in direct address) lad!
  5. spent, shrivelled, thing
  6. stump; obstructing object
  7. (of straw, wrack) truss, bundle
  8. stone weight (on rope, net)
  9. recess for bed; alcove; (familiar) snuggery
    Synonym: cailleach shúgáin

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]