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Scottish Gaelic[edit]


From Old Irish feidm (effort), from Proto-Celtic *wédes-men- (need-service), from Proto-Indo-European *wed.



feum m (genitive singular feuma or fèim)

  1. need, necessity
    ann 'am fheumin my time of need
    'S e am feum a thug air sin a dhèanamh.Dire necessity made him do that.
  2. use, usefulness
    Chan eil feum annad.There is no use in you.
    Dè is feum dha?What is the use of it?
    Is beag feum a tha ort.You are quite useless.
  3. poverty
  4. worth
  5. occasion
    Chan eil feum ort.There is no occasion for (or need of) you.

Derived terms[edit]


  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, →ISBN
  • feidm” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.