dóthain

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Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Irish doíthin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dóthain f ‎(genitive singular dóthain)

or

dóthain m ‎(genitive singular dóthana)

  1. enough, sufficiency
    Tá mo dhóthain agam.
    I have enough.
    An bhfuil do dhóthain bainne ann?
    Is there enough milk for you?

Usage notes[edit]

This noun is generally modified by a possessive determiner indicating the person who the sufficiency is for: mo dhóthain ‎(enough for me), do dhóthain ‎(enough for you), a dóthain ‎(enough for her), etc., even when the “for me” etc. is not expressed in English.

In certain idiomatic expressions, this noun can be modified by a number, but this number is not to be taken literally:

  • Tá a dhá dhóthain le déanamh aige.
    He has his hands full (literally, He has his two sufficiencies to do).
  • Tá a seacht ndóthain le rá acu.
    They talk far too much (literally, They have their seven sufficiencies to say).

Declension[edit]

Variant declension:

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
dóthain dhóthain ndóthain
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • doíthin” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “dóthain” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
  • "dóthain" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.