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From Middle Irish métaigid.



méadaigh (present analytic méadaíonn, future analytic méadóidh, verbal noun méadú, past participle méadaithe)

  1. (transitive) to increase, enlarge, amplify, make bigger
    • 1938, Peig Sayers, “Inghean an Cheannaidhe”[1]:
      Ní raibh aoinne cloinne age n-a muinntir ach í agus do mhéaduigh sin uirrim agus grádh na ndaoine don inghean óg so.
      Her parents had no children but her, and that increased the esteem and love of the people for this young girl.
  2. (intransitive) to increase, grow bigger



Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
méadaigh mhéadaigh not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  1. ^ M. L. Sjoestedt-Jonval (1938), Description d’un parler irlandais de Kerry, Paris: Librairie Ancienne Honoré Champion, p. 193.
  • métaigid” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “méaduiġim” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 2nd ed., 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
  • "méadaigh" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.