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From Old Irish ·aicci (sees), prototonic form of ad·cí, from Proto-Celtic *adkʷiseti, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷeys- (see, heed) (compare Sanskrit चायति (cāyati, perceives)) or Proto-Indo-European *kʷes- (compare Sanskrit चक्षति (cakṣati, sees)). The initial f- of the Modern Irish form comes from the misinterpretation of aic- as lenited fhaic- (later modified to fheic). Compare Scottish Gaelic faic.



feic m (genitive singular feic, nominative plural feiceanna)

  1. (disparagingly) sight, spectacle



feic (present analytic feiceann, future analytic feicfidh, verbal noun feiceáil, past participle feicthe)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) see
    • 2020 March 1, 1:57 from the start, in Lá Le Mamó nó Daideo[1], season 1, episode 16, TG4, retrieved 31 October 2023:
      (John Folan): An bhfaca tú an sleán cheana ariamh, an bhfacais? / (Jeaic Ó Cualáin): Chonaic. / (JF): An bhfacais?
      (JF): Have you ever seen a slane before, have you? / (JC): Yes, I have. / (JF): Have you?



Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
feic fheic bhfeic
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ó Dónaill, Niall (1977), “feic”, in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, Dublin: An Gúm, →ISBN
  • Entries containing “feic” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “feic” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • An briathar cíonn (pp. 278-281) in Ó Sé, Diarmuid. (2000). Gaeilge Chorca Dhuibhne. Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann. ISBN: 0-946452-97-0.