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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish gíallaid (gives hostages, obeys, submits; serves, is in base clientship; obeys, serves), from gíall m (a human pledge, a hostage) (compare modern giall).


géill (present analytic géilleann, future analytic géillfidh, verbal noun géilleadh, past participle géillte)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, with do) yield, submit (to)
    1. render obedience to
    2. defer to
    3. surrender to
    4. comply with
    5. give oneself to
    6. give credence to
    7. give way to
    8. concede
    9. respond to
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]


géill m

  1. genitive singular of giall (hostage, (human) pledge)
  2. alternative nominative plural of giall

Etymology 3[edit]


géill m

  1. genitive singular of giall (jaw, (lower) cheek; cheek, jamb of door, etc.; corner of gable-end)


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
géill ghéill ngéill
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • "géill" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • gíallaid” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.