gionach

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish ginach, ginech, genech, genach (greedy, gaping; greed, voracity), from gi(u)n (mouth), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénus (cheek, jaw, chin). Compare Welsh gen (cheek, chin).

Adjective[edit]

gionach (genitive singular masculine gionaigh, genitive singular feminine gionaí, plural gionacha, comparative gionaí)

  1. open-mouthed
  2. greedy, voracious

Declension[edit]

Noun[edit]

gionach f (genitive singular gionaí)

  1. ravenous hunger; greed, voracity

Declension[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
gionach ghionach ngionach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

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

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish ginach, ginech, genech, genach (greedy, gaping), from gi(u)n (mouth), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénus (cheek, jaw, chin). Compare Welsh gen (cheek, chin).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gionach (genitive singular feminine giniche, comparative giniche)

  1. greedy, avaricious, gluttonous
  2. ravenous, voracious, avid, keen
    leughadair gionach‎ ― an avid reader
  3. appetised
  4. ambitious
  5. keen

Synonyms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
gionach ghionach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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
  • ginach” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.