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  • (Munster) IPA(key): /ˈkiːnʲɪɟ/
  • (Galway) IPA(key): /ˈkiːvʲɾʲə/ (as if spelled cuímhnigh); /ˈkiːmʲɾʲə/, /ˈkiːmʲɾʲə/ (as if spelled cuímnigh)
  • (Mayo) IPA(key): /ˈkɪvʲnʲiː/
  • (Ulster) IPA(key): /ˈkɪvʲnʲi/

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish cuimnigid (recalls, remembers). Surface analysis cuimhne +‎ -igh.


cuimhnigh (present analytic cuimhníonn, future analytic cuimhneoidh, verbal noun cuimhneamh, past participle cuimhnithe)

  1. (intransitive) remember; consider, think (with ar)
    Caithfimid cuimhneamh ar an gcostas.We must consider the cost.
  2. (transitive) commemorate, remember
    Cuimhnímid na mairbh inniu.We remember the dead today.
  3. remind (with the thing being reminded of as the direct object and do plus the person being reminded)
    Chuimhnigh an t-amhrán a hóige di.The song reminded her of her youth.
  4. remind (with the person being reminded as the subject, ar plus the person doing the reminding, and le plus the person being reminded of)
    Cuimhním ar mo dheartháir le Séan.Seán reminds me of my brother. (literally, “I remember my brother with Seán.”)
  5. conceive, form in mind

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. inflection of cuimhneach (recollective; reflective, thoughtful):
    1. vocative/genitive singular masculine
    2. (archaic) dative singular feminine


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cuimhnigh chuimhnigh gcuimhnigh
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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