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Etymology 1[edit]


dúil f ‎(genitive singular dúile)

  1. desire, like, hankering, appetite
    Níl dúil i mbainne agam.
    I have no desire for milk.
    D’imigh mo dhúil as an mbiadh.
    I lost my appetite for food.
    Blais é agus tiocfaidh dúil agat ann.
    Taste it and you will get an appetite for it.
    dúil an anma ― an intense desire
    cuirim dúil i ― I desire
    Glacann dúil in athrú mé.
    I became desirous of change.
    Ghlac dúil mé féin sna cártaí.
    I became enamored of card-playing.
    dúil chráite ― a craving
    dúil nimhe ― consuming desire
  2. expectation, hope
    ag dúil leis ― expecting him, looking out for him
    mar dhúil is go ― in the hope that

Etymology 2[edit]


dúil f ‎(genitive singular dúile, nominative plural dúile)

  1. element (simplest or essential part or principle of anything; simplest chemical substance; basic building blocks in ancient philosophy)
  2. (in plural) the elements (atmospheric forces)
    a Dhia na ndúl ― O God of Nature
    Thug sé Dia agus dúile.
    He swore by God and the elements.
    ó Dhia is ó dhúile
    from God and the elements
  3. creature, being
    dúil dhaonna ― a human creature
    dúil ainglí ― an angelic being
    dúil bheo ― a living thing
    An dúil de dhéithe í?
    Is she a being from the gods?
    dúil dár dhligh searc ― a being who deserved to be loved


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
dúil dhúil ndúil
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


“dúil” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.