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From Middle Irish cláenaid, a denominative verb from Old Irish clóen. Cognate with Irish claon and Scottish Gaelic claon.


cleayn (verbal noun cleayney, past participle cleaynit or cleaynt)

  1. divert, deviate, bank, list, veer, incline
  2. stoop
  3. attract, seduce, inveigle
  4. influence, dispose, induce
  5. decoy
  6. distort
  7. draw off, recede
  8. tend (as garden)
  9. circumvent

Derived terms[edit]


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cleayn chleayn gleayn
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.