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leag (plural leags)

  1. Archaic spelling of league.
    • 1989, Harry W. Duckworth, The English River Book: A North West Company Journal and Account Book of 1786[1], McGill-Queens, ISBN 9780773507142, page 19:
      I found the hand & three others Indians the rest of the Canoes Camped 2 leags Below
    • 2000, Harry S. Burrage, Gorges and the Grant of the Province of Maine 1622[2], Heritage Books, ISBN 9780788413834, page 81:
      … from the Illand of flowers beinge ten Leags South weste from ytt.
    • 2006, Joseph E. Garland, The Fish and the Falcon[3], The History Press, ISBN 9781596290075, page 156:
      … E [by] S distant six Leags.



Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish lecaid, from Old Norse leggja.


leag (present analytic leagann, future analytic leagfaidh, verbal noun leagan, past participle leagtha) (transitive, intransitive)

  1. knock down
  2. lower
  3. lay, set
  4. (knitting) cast off (stitch)
  5. (card games) play

Etymology 2[edit]


leag f (genitive singular leige, nominative plural leaga)

  1. Alternative form of leac


  • 1 lecaid” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “leagaim” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
  • "leag" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.