feum

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

feum m ‎(genitive singular feuma or fèim)

  1. need, necessity
    ann 'am fheum‎ ― in 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]

References[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 0 901771 92 9
  • feidm” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.