caint

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See also: Caint and cain't

Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish cainnt (speech, talk, conversation; act of speaking).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

caint f (genitive singular cainte, nominative plural cainteanna)

  1. speech
  2. talking (acting as a verbal noun for a verb with no finite forms)
    Tá sé ag caint liom.
    He's talking to me

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
caint chaint gcaint
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • "caint" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • cainnt” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.